Parquet Serving Tray

  • Advertise with us
Project by Stevedore posted 05-24-2015 03:17 PM 2110 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had the idea a while ago to make a serving tray, something we didn’t have, to bring coffee, cream, sugar, etc., to the table when we have guests. Looking on the web for ideas, I found a picture of a tray that I liked on an antiques website.

The one I found on the web had simple butt joints where the sides & ends meet, but I decided on a Greene & Greene look instead. From what I read, traditional Greene & Greene joints used ebony for the square pegs, but having no ebony, I used a piece of rosewood, which appeared dark enough to provide contrast with the mahogany sides. The square plugs hide the screws which, along with some glue, actually hold the sides together.

I pretty much scaled & copied the parquet design for the field of the tray, sort of a sappy “homage” to an unknown woodworker whose time most likely came & went before mine. Cutting & fitting all of those pieces was quite an exercise.

A fun project, and my wife likes it!

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

5 comments so far

View Chaplainrandy's profile


31 posts in 2253 days

#1 posted 05-24-2015 04:52 PM

That is beautiful. Great work.

-- Randy

View Ivan's profile


16739 posts in 3925 days

#2 posted 05-24-2015 06:07 PM

Beautiful tray. I like lot types of woods on one place presented like this.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View JimRochester's profile


575 posts in 2672 days

#3 posted 05-24-2015 06:14 PM

Nice job. Looked like a lot of work

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

View CarolH's profile


10 posts in 2227 days

#4 posted 05-24-2015 11:07 PM

Beautiful. The time spent agonizing over those multiple angles (one degree off and its back to the table saw with the whole thing) was more than worth it!

-- Count your fingers before and after every cut. If the numbers don't match, you may have a problem.

View Ted's profile


2877 posts in 3269 days

#5 posted 05-25-2015 01:43 PM

That’s a really nice looking tray. The joints look great too. It would be nice to have a matching cutting board or cheese board to go with it.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics