Serving tray

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Project by Jeremy Osterhouse posted 12-31-2014 06:28 PM 1432 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After making a wine rack and pantry shelves out of construction lumber, I was hooked on woodworking and had some confidence to take on a project with some more expensive material. My wife wanted a serving tray and Christmas (2013) was around the corner, so that was my next project.

I enjoyed designing this.
  • The proportions are pretty close to the golden ratio.
  • The overall size holds two of our dinner plates
  • The handles are big enough so that you can pass it to someone without it being awkward.

The bottom is red oak plywood with a clear finish and it’s rimmed with solid red oak. I ended up using a dark walnut stain on the rim for some contrast, but I don’t think I would do that again. The grain direction of the bottom is unconventional, but it allowed me to use the plywood more efficiently and my desire for efficiency got the better of me.

As my third project, my workshop at this point was still pretty minimal. I built this in my garage with a circular saw and some chisels. I cut out the handles with a drill and a borrowed jigsaw. I cut the miters on a friend’s miter saw. When it was dark, I worked by the light of the garage opener and had to press the button every couple minutes when the light turned off.

Working on this project was a big lesson in wood finishing. It takes longer than I thought it would. On Christmas Eve, I was frantically putting coats on and urging it to dry faster. I didn’t end up finishing it, but I got it close enough that it looked pretty good for Christmas morning.

-- Jeremy, N Indiana

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#1 posted 01-01-2015 08:08 PM

It looks great! I’m sure it was a hit!

-- --bch

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 01:53 PM

Looks pretty nice, good job. And yes, it doesn’t take too much to get hooked on woodworking!

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