Diamond Serving Tray

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Project by Mineng posted 08-30-2015 09:08 PM 1165 views 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a serving tray I made about 30 yrs ago when I was just getting into woodworking. The diamond and trim are Mahogany and the four corner pieces are Oak. The finish is urethane that was wet sanded to 400 grit. A router was used to shape the trim and make the finger grooves. A jointer was used to match the various surfaces.

The tray has stood up well and the only problem is a small split has developed along the long axis of the tray. The glued joint joining the two pieces of mahogany did not fail. It appears the wood split due to shrinkage over the years.

I suppose I will eventually re-urethane the tray to minimize the effect of the split. Over the years, I have become painfully aware of how vulnerable restrained solid pieces are due to shrinkage (or expansion).

-- Good judgement comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgement!

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