Fundraiser Item: Serving/Drink Tray

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Project by Jonathan posted 07-30-2010 12:58 AM 2814 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this serving tray/drink tray for a fundraiser that we are having tonight for my wife, Lisa. She will be walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure, in San Diego, in the middle of November. It is a 3-day walk that spans 60-miles (20-miles/day).

She has participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in one facet or another since 1999. If you’d like to read the story of why she is doing this, please go here (this is an older photo, but she is the one in the pink t-shirt):

Each participant is responsible for raising $2300, minimum, in order to participate in the 3-Day Walk for the Cure. So this tray was made to help garner some donations. I have also made several other projects for this fundraiser, and began blogging about them here:

Tray Details:
Wood Species: Curly/Tiger Maple, Walnut, Pink Lyptus (all started out as 4/4)
Joinery: Titebond III and lots of clamps
Hardware: Metal handles from Lowes that are 9-7/8” long drawer pulls, with the holes being 7-1/2” apart from screw holes predrilled 7/8” in from the side, 3/8” countersink holes drilled to sink screw tops. I also added 3/4” self-adhesive cork dots/feet from Rockler to the bottom corners to cover up the screws and to provide bumpers for the bottom of the tray. I thought about glueing them on, but decided against it, reasoning that it’d be really difficult to get them off if you ever needed to tighten one of the handles.
Finish: 5-coats of Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish (First 4-coats were handrubbed, with the last coat being brushed on rather thickly. Buffed with a brown paper bag in between each coat).
Overall Dimensions: 11-3/4”deep, 16-3/16” wide, 25/32” final thickness
Individual Wood Dimensions: Curly maple: 4-3/16” (times 2-boards), Walnut: 1-9/32” (times 2-boards), Pink Lyptus: 5-1/4” wide (center board).
Tools Used: tablesaw, drill press, router, cove bit, roundover bit, forstner bit, drum sander, clamps, handsanded up to 220-grit

New things to me on this project:
Waterlox. I had not used this finish before this project. I think I’m going to experiment with this a bit more. It does produce a very nice finish. I think with a bit more use of this product and maybe a little deeper topcoat, it’ll look like a pane of glass on top of the wood. I handrubbed the first 4-coats and it seemed like it was going to take another 4-coats to really start building some depth. So on the 5th-coat, I really loaded it on with a sponge brush. It leveled itself out nicely!
Pink Lyptus. I glued-up several things all within a day or two that had pink lyptus in them. This wood is a bit finicky at the edges and does tend to splinter out. You have to be very careful in general. I noticed that when sanding and edge of this stuff, start on the long, flat face grain, then go towards the edge. Don’t go from the edge inward, or it will more than likely splinter on you (more than I’ve experienced with any other wood)!

I typed up a little informational sheet that I’ll be giving to the recipient of this tray, as well as the other items that I made for the fundraiser. The informational sheet includes the woods used, the finish applied, and care instructions for the item.

I’ll post back after the fundraiser takes place and let everybody know how it went.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#1 posted 07-30-2010 02:39 AM

Great info on the build! Thank you! Your selection of wood and the grain direction looks really nice!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 07-30-2010 02:50 PM

Kindlingmaker, thank you for the feedback. I know I always appreciate reading a detailed write-up, so I try to provide as much information as I can.

I did specifically choose that section within the pink lyptus I had to work with, cutting a bit away from the sides to try and center that chunk of grain close to the middle of the tray.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 07-30-2010 06:26 PM

Very nice work on this beautiful project Jonathan. I love your solution to the handle problem. It just keeps getting better all the time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 07-30-2010 09:57 PM

These are nice? I think they would sell for a lot!


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#5 posted 07-30-2010 11:30 PM

Is that a question, Jordan, or a statement? ;-)

It’s my work, so I don’t want to be the judge on that one. I certainly put a bit more effort into this than the cutting board, but the cutting board was talked about the most.

Mike, I tried to imagine myself as the user and having a problem with one of the handles. And if I didn’t know what I was doing, or was not being careful, I’d probably take a chunk out of the bottom of the tray, or at least scratch it up good, trying to get through the glue. Sometimes, simpler is better!

Thanks guys!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 08-01-2010 08:22 PM

good one Bud ! hope it does well

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 08-23-2010 09:05 PM

I forgot to post back on this, but my wife received some very positive feedback on this tray from a few people that she works with that attended the fundraiser.

So, I know I initally said that the cutting board received more attention and positive comments than this tray did, but that was apparently only from what I heard, as my wife said several people really admired this tray. And one of the people that particularly liked it is really into interior design, decoration, etc.

I just initially found it odd that I didn’t really hear anybody say anything about the tray… they were just talking about the cutting board. I guess this is a bit “showier” piece than the cutting/serving board, especially considering the Waterlox finish… much glossier than the matte/wax finish on the cutting board/serving tray.

Just an update after the event, nothing more.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 12-05-2010 07:27 AM

Beautiful blend of colors and figure : )
The finish came out really nice as well !
I love Waterlox Natural finish , especially on Walnut , as seen here : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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