Serving Trays

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Project by Reddial posted 06-27-2014 02:39 AM 1771 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are my two serving trays made from cherry in the G&G style. The trays were sculpted out using a ‘dish carving’ router bit and a shop made jig. Consistent with the G&G style, there are plenty of ebony accents and, for an added flare, I gave them some line and berry inlay.

The project entailed a lot more detail work than might meet the eye. The sculpting went fairly well after locating a special bit and building the jig. But creating the bread board ends with the ebony splines was a tedious process (at least for me). The splines are designed to facilitate seasonal wood movement along with the bread board ends. This added a little challenge in mortising deeper in the portion of the spline that is in the bread board end providing room for the movement while the other end is glued in the tray portion. Then the contoured spline was cut using another shop made jig on the router table.

The trays are convertible to bed-trays by pivoting the legs down. They are locked down by little maple clips on the inside of the tray’s skirt. Pressing the clips in, allows the legs to fold back and held by embedded earth magnets. The legs are not visible when folded.

The line and berry is holly with purple heart, wenge, and maple berries.

The finish is 3 coats of General Finish’s Arm-R-Seal wipe-on satin poly. My process for this is to finish sand to 220. Apply the first coat with a cotton pad, saturating the surface for about 5-10 minutes. Then wiping dry with a soft cotton rag until nearly dry. The final 2 coats are applied more sparingly with a pad of Liberon steel wool. Apply in light even strokes. Wipe dry with cotton pad within a few minutes.. Allow overnight drying between coats. For an added touch to increase the smoothness, fold a piece of printer paper and use like sandpaper over the entire surface.

-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.

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#1 posted 06-27-2014 04:39 AM

Outstanding! Beautiful work! I really like these. Any chance of more pictures, especially the inlays?

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

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#2 posted 06-27-2014 09:56 AM

To be served Breakfast (or any meal) on such beautiful work,
would be a luxurious moment worth waiting for.
Inlay work lifts the overall appearance to another level.
Had to do a wee bit of research as I was unfamiliar with the Greene brothers.
Brought up the Gamble house, beautiful inside & out.
Echoes of William Morris, Frank Lloyd Wright & C.R. MacKintosh,
but with their own stamp.
Great job.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#3 posted 06-27-2014 10:25 AM

Beautiful work and love the design. You did an exceptional job on these. Definitely “Top shelf” worthy.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 06-27-2014 12:50 PM

Nice work Darrel they look really beautiful with a lot of interesting details.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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