Serving Trays

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This is a set of serving trays I made sometime back. Their compound corners cuts was a challenge to reason out .And too reason out the angle of the rabits cut into the sides for the bottoms.

Interesting though they have kind’ah out grown there use. Wife stopped into, The Pottery Barn one day and came out looking at me with this funny smile on her face, With a set made out of plastic, multi-colored imprinted flowers,,,,,much,much, lighter. Now all of my efforts into my set, (this set) just sets over there neglected,,,,,,,,,,,,:+( ...

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#1 posted 06-23-2014 07:07 PM

Nice looking trays…I know we would use them at all the parties we seem to have. Perhaps you will come up with another great idea of using them once again… Plastic…oH NO

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 06-23-2014 08:58 PM

My first ever project was made in junior high Industrial Arts class: a simple serving tray. It was just boards joined together with glue, and then 2 cabinet hardware handles were installed. Today, I can say … not my finest work.


My mother gave it to my wife. My wife now has it. To my knowledge, neither have ever used it.

Such is the life of a woodworker: we sweat and toil, and the fairer sex uses what they like and disregards the rest.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#3 posted 06-23-2014 09:52 PM

Oh so true,,,so true. I started to plea my case,,,,”But, But honey, I,,,,,,,,Then looking into those eyes, I knew this had been brewing in there some where for some time. To continue, I would have got’n all of those valid reasons and reasonings. Yada, Yada, Yada, So what the heck !!!!

Ohhh Larry, you just don’t know, how many times I have looked over there and thought of just that. Sooner or later I am going to hear something like,,,We could sure use this space for somethin else,,,then I dread to think where they will end up, if’n I don’t come up with somthing.

Now I have been told,,,you just can’t get so attached to THINGS. As a fellow woodworker you know what my thought are on hearing that age old saying,,,uh huh !!!

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#4 posted 06-24-2014 03:33 AM

Oh yes the compound miter task, I made something similar as well.
I found it so frustrating to get the joints right I almost needed committing part way through to project.

I eventuall did it and was reasonably happy with the result as a first attempt.

Now back to your trays its definately “Tray Time ” at LJs not sure if its all of us getting inspired from other posts or just the “flavour of the month” so to speak.

What is the base material please?

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 06-24-2014 04:24 AM

Hi Rob, You got it right, I had seen the other ones, and that reminded me that I had a picture or two some where in this computer of the ones that I had made. I noticed the same about jewelry boxes. There are some terrifically gifted woodworker that come around here abouts, and it’s a real pleasure being able to sit here and see what they have posted their pictures of. To show us all what they have created. Something that was told to me once,,,,,It’s all good !!!!!

The base material was,,,,,,Hard Maple frames, Wife picked the color combination bottom from reference chips of Formica counter top material for the inside base. She ask to do this pick, after I had stained and top coated the frames. In order to get a better idea of the Formica to chose. That Formica was contact cemented to 1/4” Baltic Birch ply. as a sub strati and is the bottom.

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