Millennium Falcon Chip and Dip Tray

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Project by JoeinDE posted 09-09-2015 02:21 PM 3973 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A (not so) long time ago in a workshop far far away…

I saw another woodworker make a very similar tray (on Etsy) when photos of his tray went viral on social media. Knowing that I am a woodworker, a couple of friends asked if I could make one for them (after I said that I could). This is the first of what will be three of these. The woods are padauk, osage orange, slightly spalted flamed boxelder, cherry and black locust. Since the piece was too wide to fir through my thickness planer (14.5”), the flattening was done with my trusty Stanley #7 (with some help from my newest planer – my beautiful Veritas #6). The stock removal for the bowl portions was done with my Whitesides 1” bowl bit. The surfacing was done mostly with my Stanley #4 on the top and my card scrapers on the insides. I did final surfacing with my bowl sanding setup (scalloped discs on a cushioned pad attached to my right-angle drill). The finish is USP grade mineral oil thinned mineral spirits. The first 4 pics were taken shortly after the second coat of oil was applied so they still show some sheen that is not there in the final product (i.e. the oil hasn’t finished soaking in yet).

The lighting (flash) really changes the appearance of the osage orange. This was my first experience with osage orange, which had worse tear-out problems than purpleheart (in my hands).

The next one will be made with darker woods (by request) and I am really interested to see the contrast between the osage orange and the walnut that I plan to use.


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#1 posted 09-09-2015 03:16 PM

Love it bro!

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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#2 posted 09-09-2015 04:12 PM

One of my favourite projects. Excellent work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 09-09-2015 05:54 PM

Your chips must I have. Create project.

-- A man can never have enough tools. Now where did I put that hammer?

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#4 posted 09-09-2015 11:44 PM

Very cool—and definitely a conversation starter! You’ll get to enjoy it every time you have chips!

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

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#5 posted 09-10-2015 02:05 AM

very nice joe! i agree re the color on the osage orange. i mostly use osage orange just on cheese boards.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#6 posted 09-10-2015 10:31 AM

Very nice, but does the hyperdrive work?

Just curious where you got the dimensions for this?

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#7 posted 09-10-2015 12:07 PM

Very nice, but does the hyperdrive work?

Just curious where you got the dimensions for this?

- NYRockingChairs

I found a large image of the Millennium Falcon using google images. Then I copied it into MS Paint, cut it into quadrants, printed each quadrant as a separate sheet and taped them back together. This paper template was overlaid on the glue-up and then transferred (outline and inner circle) to the wood. This gave me the shape and the dimensions.

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments.

The hyderdrive was sabotaged so it no longer works :-)


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