Whimsey - Walnut Serving Tray

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 04-16-2016 11:01 PM 1127 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I learned what a whimsey was a few months ago. Years ago, glass blowers might end their work day then use up the remaining molten glass to fashion whatever their hearts desired. Many times, they made interesting glass canes. Those canes had all kinds of cool twists turns and colors.

This serving tray is half whimsical and half stolen from a woodworking TV show.
It was cut on a table saw and gouged out with a router.
The rounded ends were cut with a simple circle jig sled on the TS.

All cove cuts were cut on the TS using a cove jig. The most whimsical cove of all is the groove I added to the bottom.

If you will pardon me the use of the word whimsical, I’d like to set the record straight. That groove in the bottom was a big time screw up. ;) I don’t know where my brain was when I set up the jig. I set up the cove angle to cut a narrow groove. Yeah so I wanted a wide groove. On top of that, I decided I wanted a slightly deeper groove and raised the blade too high for the second pass.

So – there you are. A serving tray that isn’t deep enough to hold anything in. Mom is using it for a decoration.

I made this sometime in May of 2015 just before I got to enjoy a prolonged case of diverticulitis. I’m better now and looking forward to much better summer.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 04-16-2016 11:12 PM

Nice little doodad you have there!

I though it was a Chicken / Turkey / Roast Carving board!
(which looked cool to me! :) )

Very nice!

... and FUN too… YES?!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 04-16-2016 11:30 PM

Very nice—too nice for mere whimsy. I’m sure your mother enjoys it. Glad to hear you’re feeling better.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 04-17-2016 12:45 AM

It looks very usable to me. Nice work on it, Mark!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 04-17-2016 02:50 AM

I would have ended my description / explanation right after ‘Walnut Serving Tray’, but that’s just me.

While learning woodworking in my grandfather’s shop, many times I felt the necessity to explain to him the errors I made and recovered from. His response was always ‘know when to shut up’ as in ‘those are unnecessary details’.
When your work is presentable, and not a delegate to stoke the heating stove, be pleased and move on.

I think your Serving Tray made of walnut, is very fetching indeed.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 04-17-2016 03:28 AM

Description rewrite:

Walnut Serving Tray/Doodad.

Thank you my friends. It was a fun experiment.

Much better thank you. That pain convinced me to change my whole diet plan.

I’m learning to shut up. If only my mouth weren’t so big.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 04-17-2016 07:17 AM

You have been very bussy with four projects posted. Very interesting variation of shallow tray.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 04-17-2016 11:46 AM

Mark, If it doesn’t go into the wood stove, its a called a ” DESIGN CHANGE ”, LOL. Nice project, Walnut is a beautiful wood.

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#8 posted 04-17-2016 04:48 PM


You always find something nice to say. Indeed, there always something nice in all of our work.


Perhaps I should have attempted to describe the “excellent” reason for the “shallow” tray. Yes!
The shallow design is intentional to make it easier to take hold of your finger sandwiches, crackers and cheese.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 04-17-2016 06:24 PM

This tray turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Joe Weaver

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#10 posted 04-23-2016 07:09 PM

very well done, its beautiful

-- Joe, Ga

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#11 posted 04-24-2016 09:36 PM

Thank you Joe! I appreciate you sir.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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