First Serving Tray

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Project by ChuckV posted 07-10-2009 08:28 PM 2360 views 15 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this tray as a gift for some friends who are marrying later this summer. They already have more than enough toasters and knives, so I hope that they enjoy this.

It is made of cherry. The miter keys are a laminate of black walnut and padouk. I rounded the edges and corners more than on most projects to prevent it from snagging on blankets and such. The finish is Danish Oil and satin polyurethane.

This was a fun project and a great way to use up some medium-size pieces of stock. I am now working on another tray that we will keep for ourselves – so I will try being a bit more adventurous.

Thanks go to Joe W. for his ideas and tips.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#1 posted 07-10-2009 08:39 PM

looks great. Cherry is one of my favs! this piece looks really inviting to the touch. nice job on the finish – how many coats are on it?

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#2 posted 07-10-2009 08:45 PM

Thanks PurpLev – It has two coats of Danish Oil and three of poly.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#3 posted 07-10-2009 10:20 PM

Beautiful! You did a very nice job and I’m sure they will love it. It says a lot when you give a handmade gift.

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#4 posted 07-10-2009 10:25 PM

Hey Chuck
Look what you did darn right pretty very well done

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#5 posted 07-11-2009 03:35 AM

Very nice tray. Great choice of wood. As a present is will be treasured for yours and the chery will patina nicely with age.

If you want to get “adventurous” how about a small inlay in the bottom of the tray? That would set it off nicely.

Keep up the fine work. Hope to see your next tray soon.


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Joe Weaver

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#6 posted 07-17-2009 01:44 PM

Thank you for your kind words. The tray looks great.

-- Joe, Ga

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