China Tray

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Project by Aubster posted 08-16-2007 06:50 AM 2193 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tray we call the China Tray. This tray is made out of red oak and ebonized white oak. Out of all the trays we made, this one was the easiest to do. It’s finished with three coats to amber shellac thined down to two pound cut. Though, this was the first tray I drew up, It was the last one I built. Maybe that why it was so easy.


-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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#1 posted 08-16-2007 07:13 AM

Very nice work. Excellent contrast in color, elevation and lines, dark curves and light straight lines. I just did an ebonizing test on some walnut a few days ago. Wow.. I could hardly believe my eyes and how easy it seems, as dark as ebony. I ca’nt wait to incorporate some in a project. What kind of vinager iron solution did you use?
Bravo on the result.

-- Atelierwoodworks Vaud Switzerland

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#2 posted 08-16-2007 07:38 AM

Thanks Jembo,

I used cheap .99 cent white vinager and 0000 steel wool, and let it set for a month with the lid bearly on (if the lid is on tight it will pop the container and make mess of everything under your shelf).

You did some on walnut? How did that come out? I bet it was pretty nice.

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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#3 posted 08-16-2007 12:41 PM

very unique

the ebonizing technique sounds simple … what are the what/why/how processes?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 08-16-2007 12:45 PM

I never heard of ebonized wood but then there is so much I don’t know :) I just did quick look up, really sounds easy and it looks great on the tray. What are the benefits of ebonizing (if thatis the right way to say it) over just using a dark stain, besides $$ :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Greg Mitchell

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#5 posted 08-17-2007 04:18 AM

Nice looking tray. I love the contrast between the two colors.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#6 posted 08-17-2007 08:06 PM

I like that. Nice use of contrasting colors.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 08-17-2007 08:21 PM

Unique design.

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