3 Generations of Herringbone Tray

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Project by JimRochester posted 08-30-2014 03:42 PM 2045 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are three variations of the herringbone tray in Woodcraft magazine from about 08. (Picture 1) The first one I made according to the plans and it came out OK. I thought it was a little bland so the next time around I made it a bit bigger, added padauk and purpleheart woods, cut the strips at a steeper angle, and completely changed the handle (Picture 2). For the latest version (Picture 3 and 4) I went back to a finger holes in the handle and added 1 strip of maple back in, removing 1 strip padauk. I also made the sides thicker.

Feel free to offer other suggestions or alternatives. Except for the suggestion to give up woodworking, I hear that all the time ;)

On a side note. When I prepare the strips I always purposely prepare the stock long so I have plenty of cut-offs. They make great accent pieces to add in other boards trays.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#1 posted 08-30-2014 04:35 PM

Nice trays!
I made a bunch of these for Christmas presents back then. They were really well received. Mimi’s favorite color is purple so hers’ was very similar to your last picture.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-30-2014 05:10 PM

That is really cool. Great job

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#3 posted 08-31-2014 02:36 PM

i like how these turned out, all versions look good to me…looks like you had some fun…

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#4 posted 08-31-2014 04:18 PM

Got curious about your work. Saw your post on Grizz’s project. Like your focus. How is your etsy store doing?

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#5 posted 08-31-2014 04:22 PM

I don’t get much at all from ETSY but it’s cheap to post and it gives you credibility at Arts and Crafts Shows. All the juried shows expect you to have a website.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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