Walnut Serving Tray w/vintage yard sticks

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Project by rockmolsen posted 12-18-2016 01:20 AM 2154 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been buying up old yard sticks when I can find them reasonably priced in the hopes of making something out of them one day. The idea of a serving tray came to mind and to also use some of that 2 part epoxy resin like for bar tops. Never tried that before. So this was the end result. The yard sticks were glues to some 1/4 ply. The epoxy pour was easier than expected and using a propane torch for removing the air bubbles worked great. The tray is 12” x 17”. I guessed and didn’t calculate for the amount required to cover the base so I ended up doing a second pour a few days after to completely cover the bottom. I wasn’t sure if that would work but it turned out just fine. One thing I’d do differently is either pour the bottom outside the frame and seal the joints between each stick better. The reason for the second pour was due to the gaps and loosing some of the 2 part in between those joints.

Thanks for looking.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#1 posted 12-18-2016 05:31 AM

love the old yard sticks. This is great.

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#2 posted 12-18-2016 01:07 PM

A fantastic re-use for yard sticks. Looks very good.

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#3 posted 12-18-2016 11:13 PM

Now that’s just too cool …

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#4 posted 12-18-2016 11:16 PM

I’m a sucker for some walnut. Looks great! The yardsticks blend in very well

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#5 posted 12-19-2016 10:07 AM

WOW! Great and unique idea, looks awesome! Today with more plasti sticks in use this looks kind of rustic too.

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#6 posted 12-19-2016 10:18 PM

That’s a great looking serving tray! I’ve never seen one with yardsticks before!

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#7 posted 12-20-2016 02:25 AM

Very clever idea!

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#8 posted 12-23-2016 05:54 AM

Love the yard sticks idea. Time to add them to the list for flea markets. Now if I had all the yard sticks that were broken in my younger days.. well I could build a bunch of trays..

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#9 posted 12-23-2016 03:44 PM

Very unique! It all works so well together!

Trays present the opportunity to showcase some neat designs for the base. Yours really “measures up”.

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