Greene and Greene style serving tray, with marquetry

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Project by jmartel posted 06-16-2014 04:45 AM 3197 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted a blog during the making of this which details the steps taken better than I can write on here.

I wanted to make a present for my Father for Father’s day, and figured he could use a serving tray on their boat. They frequently cook meals inside the boat in the galley and have to carry food up the steps to the aft deck where it is eaten, so this would make things a bit easier. My mom mentioned that she would like to have it personalized with the boat’s name “Sweet Madame Blue” (named after the Styx song), which is why I chose to add the marquetry to it.

After starting, I decided to go to a Greene and Greene style design for the corners/handles and I think it turned out good enough. It is definitely far from perfect, especially up close, but it was definitely a good learning experience. This was all cut with an X-acto knife. Making a Chevalet is high on my list of projects to complete this summer.

The sides/background of the tray is Sapele, the decorative pegs on the corners are African Blackwood, lettering is made from Fiddleback Anigre, the red is Bloodwood, the dark brown is Wenge, and the white is a dyed white veneer of unknown wood.

Finish is spray lacquer.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#1 posted 06-16-2014 04:56 AM

Outstanding job!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 06-16-2014 05:07 AM

Man, you deserve a lot of credit for this. It turned out absolutely beautifully in spite of the various problems along the way. Your blog was interesting, honest, and inspiring. I admire your determination and your marquetry skills ain’t too shabby either.

Thanks for this one.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 06-16-2014 06:08 AM

It was interesting to follow your progress, and it was worth the wait. It turned out great!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 06-16-2014 08:14 AM

This turned out really well. Wonderful work. What a great gift for your dad. He is sure to cherish it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-16-2014 11:56 AM

JMart… I was prepared to give five out of five possible stars on this project. An honor I rarely bestow.

Then you mentioned that the boat was named after the Styx song. (Styx misspelled their own name. I never thought it could happen. Should be STICKS)

Now spelling is very important. The title of the song is “Suite: Madam Blue”. Therefore I must deduct one tenth of a star. (Just the tip, as you may have heard before).

So if it’s spelled incorrectly on your parent’s boat, let them know what they have cost you.

And isn’t that song rather subversive? ;-)

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#6 posted 06-16-2014 12:47 PM

WOW! Awesome job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 06-16-2014 03:52 PM

Man that thing is beautiful. I would be hanging that on the wall. It’s just too pretty to hide in a pantry.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 06-16-2014 04:15 PM

I appreciate the comments, everyone. This thing had me ready to burn it several times, but it turned out decent in the end.

Bucket, hey, I didn’t name it. They can name it whatever they want since they bought it. I haven’t picked out a name yet for the boat I plan on building in another year or two.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#9 posted 06-16-2014 04:28 PM

THAT’s a project to be proud of!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#10 posted 06-16-2014 04:31 PM

That turned out great man, nice work!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#11 posted 06-16-2014 07:16 PM

Beautiful incorporation of G&G design elements—looks great!

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

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#12 posted 06-16-2014 07:41 PM

Thanks everyone. I lucked out in finding the African Blackwood at my Rockler. They had Ebony, but only in large turning blanks so the smallest one was about $100. This was a 1.5×1.5×6” turning blank and was much more reasonable in price. I still have probably 80-90% of the blank left for future use.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#13 posted 06-16-2014 08:17 PM

Looks great, I love the color of Mahogany, and the G&G features.

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#14 posted 06-16-2014 09:01 PM

Shane, The sides of the tray are Sapele, and I am not entirely sure what the background veneer is. Could be Mahogany, could be Sapele. It matched the Sapele pretty well, at least.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#15 posted 06-16-2014 11:16 PM

Turned out awesome, especially considering the mishaps with the previous one.

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