Small slab serving tray

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Project by ColonelTravis posted 12-26-2014 10:47 PM 2042 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Christmas present for ma, who saw one in an antique store a while back and said – can you make me one? The one in the store was kind of boring looking, not sure what the wood was. I went with mesquite because of the crazy grain and color. I use hand tools so it took me a while to figure out the best angle to sharpen my tools to flatten this board. Card scraper came in handy. Grain makes every pass with a plane tricky. Bought a 1-inch Japanese gouge from Grizzly, knocked out the spots for the bowls. Four coats of Arm-R-Seal, little dab of fancy pants Renaissance Wax – big hit!

Wife picked out the bowls, I have no idea how to do that stuff.

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#1 posted 12-26-2014 11:38 PM

That is an awesome piece, ColT! You really showed off that gorgeous grain. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 12-27-2014 12:27 AM

Nice one! That wood looks awesome.

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#3 posted 01-02-2015 08:31 PM

Mmmmm, mesquite! Nice job. Wish mesquite was easier to find in large pieces.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#4 posted 03-02-2015 06:52 AM

A good looking tray, a job well done. The mesquite was a good choice.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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