Gift Trays

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Project by ChuckV posted 12-24-2009 11:19 PM 2580 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these six serving trays as gifts this year. They are made of a variety of wood species. There is cherry (some cut a year ago, some cut long ago), black walnut, ash, maple and birch.

The one in the second photo has an interesting piece of maple for the bottom. I bought this lumber from a man who mills trees on his property as a hobby. All of the other wood is from that same source except for the black walnut and the cherry in the last photo. That is from an old chunk of cherry that I got from my uncle who got it from who-knows-where. I gave that tray to my cousin who is that uncle’s daughter. I enjoy the idea of things going around like that.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#1 posted 12-24-2009 11:25 PM

Very nice, what finish did you use?

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#2 posted 12-24-2009 11:41 PM

Those are some really nice gifts! Nice work. My father-in-law just finished some gentlemens walking sticks out of some hillside walnut he cut with his dad 60 years ago!

-- nordichomey

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#3 posted 12-24-2009 11:50 PM

TurnTurnTurn – Thanks. They are finished with boiled linseed oil and a satin finish polyurethane.

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#4 posted 12-25-2009 12:05 AM

Excellent job on those trays, they are totally awesome.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#5 posted 12-25-2009 12:56 AM

I really love the contrast in the 2nd and 3rd pics, with the lighter bookmatched panels in the dark frames. Have to remember that one. Great job!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 12-25-2009 03:21 AM

Love the Bookmatching and the splines are cool with the two tone..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 12-25-2009 06:27 AM

Great job. Nice group of presents. I like the story and the return of wood to the family it came from. Nice touch.

The contrasting woods are a great look.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 12-25-2009 07:46 AM

VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#9 posted 12-25-2009 01:47 PM

I like them might have to make one this week.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 12-25-2009 04:44 PM

Very nice!

-- I ams what I ams and thats all that I ams...(Popye!)

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#11 posted 12-25-2009 07:56 PM

Great stuff! Beautiful designs with the wood combination’s. Super projects, well done….........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 12-26-2009 07:24 PM

All the trays are very nice.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 01-11-2010 02:22 AM

Very nice work, and excellent presents. Now if they just get used! Hopefully they’re not too pretty for that.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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