Serving trays

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Project by dannmarks posted 11-26-2017 02:26 PM 1347 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I live in Tennessee and my sister lives in Chicago with her husband and 2 boys. I have been teaching my 13 year old grandson to woodwork here in Tennessee. My sister wanted her 8 and 10 year old to learn some woodworking from me while I was up visiting them. So with my Grandson we made 3 serving trays out of solid oak. We assembled them and marked/labeled the assembly out with masking tape. Then we disassembled them and took them to Chicago. The boys reassembled them Thanks Giving evening and spray finished them with a Spray clear Enamel. Except one. The littlest Nephew wanted to make the one black on the bottom for more contrast. So he painted that one with a flat black Enamel.

Thru this I was able to teach my Grandson how to plan and execute a project quickly. Sand everything and assemble them. Make simple directions for reassembly. And then the Nephews and grandson got to reassemble and finish a woodworking project as well as have something special to give their parents for Christmas that they helped make.

And it was here looking at another Serving tray that I was inspired to help make new wood workers while they are young.

Thanks everyone.

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#1 posted 11-26-2017 04:16 PM

That’s a great story. Working with grandchildren is a treat.

-- I'm not talking to myself ... I'm consulting an expert!

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#2 posted 11-26-2017 04:18 PM

Excellent lessons and trays wrapped into one. All 3 grandsons will remember this. The youngest with the contrasting bottom has an additional talent going on.

Have to give some your sister some credit for the idea also, good mom.


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#3 posted 11-26-2017 04:55 PM

Good job Grampa! The boy’s trays are very attractive.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 11-26-2017 06:33 PM

This is a very nice serving tray.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 11-27-2017 05:24 AM

This is just great! I can’t wait until my son is old enough to start learning and working in the shop with me. I’m so glad you got to spend some quality time with your family.

-- Jim, Wyoming,

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#6 posted 11-27-2017 12:25 PM

Keep your expectations low at first. We have long ago forgotten how little we understood when we first were introduced to real work. My Grandson bless his heart really did not even understand how to hold the screw driver properly. Let alone have the strength to use it well. We did strip a few screws. When he thought he messed up something up – I just got a small board and broke it. Then said it is just wood son. Trees sliced up ike bread. Ya need to lower the stress and just enjoy the journey. He has progressed well though. I have to admit that he is looking forward to metal working more than wood working. Soon we may have to buy a Forge and start making swords…

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#7 posted 11-27-2017 02:25 PM

Really great!!!! I also make Trays, for craft shows, but mine are closed end. I like your Idea of a small opening at the corners. I think I try your Idea if you don’t mind.

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#8 posted 11-27-2017 10:25 PM

Dan , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 11-28-2017 04:20 PM

Pretty cool and unique ’’three hole’’ handle.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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