Cherry Serving Tray with Purpleheart Splines

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Project by darkone posted 05-12-2015 04:05 PM 2879 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cherry serving tray with purpleheart splines I made for a friend as a wedding gift. It turned out much better than I though it would. I had no plans and just kind of started building (not really the best way but it makes me learn). This went together pretty smoothly. I only had 2 minor issues:

1. I ended up with a small crack along the length of the solid cherry panel bottom. I re-glued the joint and it seems to be holding up pretty well.

2. Where the corners come together, other trays I looked at (afterward), the curve ends before the joint. This is so that the miter joints are the same height. However, I failed to do that and the miter for the curved section was higher than the long rail. I was able to blend these together with some sanding and I actually think the transition looks really good (picture 3).

I finished this with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal and Seal-a-Cell.

Thanks for looking.

- Huck

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#1 posted 05-12-2015 07:55 PM

I like the overall look of this tray and especially the way the corners transition. I tend to like subtle curves in the projects I find appealing. This tray has that type of appeal. If I have a chance to introduce corners like this I will do so.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#2 posted 05-12-2015 11:56 PM

That’s a great looking serving tray! I like those purpleheart splines!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 05-13-2015 06:44 AM

Oh, this looks great! Like the style and wood that much, great job.
Thank you for sharing!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#4 posted 05-14-2015 11:10 AM

Looks great. The curved corners are nice.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#5 posted 05-14-2015 10:11 PM

I like the design, as well.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Brad, Texas,

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