Lee's Tray

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Project by lobro4 posted 07-05-2015 09:55 PM 1626 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my two future sons-in-law gave me some Olivewood for Christmas 2015. I have been waiting for the right idea and the right time to make something for him and my daughter and here it is.
But first a word about the Olive tree itself. Of course the Olive tree is rooted in the antiquity of the Holy Land. As a matter of fact, there are Olive trees alive today that were already a few hundred years old at the time Jesus Christ walked the Earth. Humbling. These trees (an evergreen species) are short and squat but can develop massive trunks. The wood is quite dense and has a Jenka scale of 2700 (compared to Hard Maple at 1450.) The ribbon-like grain can make for some beautiful projects.
The tray is from Woodsmith Shop and is the bottom portion of a silverware tray. The most prominent feature of this build is the angled box joints. Compound angles are not intuitive; in fact I had to use a computer program to double check the angles. All parts are 1/2” inch thick. The box joints are 1/2” as well. The a sides splay out at 20 degrees. The Olivewood tray is approximately 12” x 15”. (And can hold a lap top) The walnut tray is 12” square. Sanded to 150. Walnut is dyed medium brown. Both are top coated with three coats of gloss spray water-based acrylic.
Thanks for looking.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 07-06-2015 11:23 AM

Great looking tray and very nice work. I can’t think of any woods that look better than olive. My MIL brought a small piece back from a trip to Spain many years ago. I put it on the lathe and as I turned it I got squashed slug all over my face. It kind of turned me off (pun not intended). It is my understanding that this is pretty common in olive. I hope you didn’t experience the same.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-06-2015 02:47 PM

These are beautiful trays,I’m not to sure how well it will hold up with the bottom screwed on ,that can be a problem when you factor in wood movement.


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#3 posted 08-12-2015 02:07 AM

I love the look of that olive wood and the trays are very well done also! I’ll have to look for that design! They would make great Christmas presents for my family.

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, [email protected]

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