Spooky Inlay Tray

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Project by robscastle posted 05-28-2014 08:55 AM 2210 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the production of the Titanic Serving Trays there was originally going to be four of them.
However in the process of making the frames I had two pieces of timber discarded due to not being able to match them up.

Whilst cleaning up I decided to slice them up for some veneer work later.

Well I saw a very spooky image in the wood and decided to make a “special Tray”

Originally it was going to be engraved as well but when Larry saw it he suggested it not be done as it would ruin the image, so be it


Cherry and obviously Walnut veneer, same as the TSTs, however upon triming the base I found that I would lose
quite a bit of the effect if I made it exactly as the other three.
End mortices were not added and the length extended to the full length of the inlay work.

Base material is MDF with Jarrah veeneer backing.


Sanded to 800 grit and finished with Orange Oil, a new PU from David’s, Howard Products stand at the Brisbane wood expo 2014.

Closure: The development of this tray is covered by a blog I did called Titanic Trays if of further interest.

Whats with the Spooky title? well if you have a close look there is what appears to be an Spooky image of a face deep below the Atlantic.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 05-28-2014 10:44 AM

That is both beautiful and spooky. I love the “face”.
Does it look like Neptune???


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 05-28-2014 11:32 AM

Glad that you let the wood speak. Beautiful job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 11:37 AM

Wow very nice Rob, looks great…spooky maybe….beautiful definitely. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 05-28-2014 12:19 PM

nice job.

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#5 posted 05-28-2014 12:20 PM

Great job and some beautiful book matched wood!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 05-28-2014 12:28 PM

Nice wood.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#7 posted 05-28-2014 01:25 PM

Image reminds me of a Stingray or Mantis.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 05-28-2014 01:43 PM

Nice job! Beautiful wood.

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#9 posted 05-28-2014 04:03 PM

Very nice.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#10 posted 05-28-2014 04:28 PM

more like chtulhu!

nice tray though, i love the bookmatching.

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#11 posted 05-28-2014 05:35 PM

Seeing the beauty in the wood, and bringing that to life … true art. Congratulations!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#12 posted 05-28-2014 06:50 PM

Isn’t wood wonderful? It has surprises that fascinate everyone, at least on this site!

You really found a beautiful surprise in that tray! Nice work indeed!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 05-28-2014 09:18 PM

Great job of letting mother nature talk to you. Nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 05-28-2014 11:19 PM

Nice Job Rob!
Like Monte, I’m glad you let the wood do the talking on this one, Well Done!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 05-29-2014 12:12 AM

That really is a spooky face in that wood! I’m glad you decided to let the wood lead the way!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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