walnut and quilted maple tray

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Project by Joey posted 12-16-2007 01:15 AM 2579 views 9 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

just finished this tray today. walnut frame with a veneered quilted maple. finished with a blend of tung oil/boiled linseed oil/poly (6 coats). I made for a christmas gift for some dear friends of my wife and mine. Let me know what ya’ll think.
bty made matching spatula’s out of the scrap wood. never had thought of that before until friday night while playing dirty santa at a party, someone brought a handmade spatula that they had bought. Everybody went nuts over it. Got up Saturday and cranked out 9 out of scrap walnut and cherry and by that afternoon had sold 5 for $10 apiece. Live and learn **An update—- I think because of the cold and humid weather this week, the tung oil didn’t dry right and was a little rough after the 6th coat. So I tried something new and rubbed down the surface with 0000 steel wool and rub on a coat of paste wax. Had heard of this but never tried it. Wow did it really bring out the grain of the wood and the figure in the maple really ripples now. I’m going to do it this way from now on.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#1 posted 12-16-2007 01:29 AM

WOW! That is unbelievable wood and you chose the perfect way to display it!! Fantastic.

-- Just another woodworker

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#2 posted 12-16-2007 03:36 AM

Very well done

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-16-2007 03:41 AM

Quite attractive. I really like the contrast.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 12-16-2007 03:55 AM

great work . that is an exceptional piece of maple ! well done

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#5 posted 12-16-2007 04:07 AM

Not to take away from the tray (love the veneer), but I’d be interested in seeing the spatula’s as well. I too have never thought of making one, but I can see the potential appeal.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#6 posted 12-16-2007 04:22 AM

Thats a great project. the maple is superb.

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#7 posted 12-16-2007 05:20 AM

Very nice – I like the quilted maple and of course walnut always looks good. One of these days I will get around to trying to veneering something.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 12-16-2007 05:23 AM

Beautiful tray!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 12-16-2007 07:33 AM

Great veneering. A beautiful tray.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 12-16-2007 03:39 PM

$10 dang that sounds way to cheap for such a nice piece of work.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#11 posted 12-16-2007 04:23 PM

it’s scrap wood and i made 3 in an hour using a bandsaw and oscillating sander. spatula’s that is

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#12 posted 12-16-2007 10:39 PM

Very beautiful, love that wood.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#13 posted 12-17-2007 04:37 AM

This is a very nice tray! Nice work.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#14 posted 12-17-2007 05:56 AM

Fantastic wood, and you did a great job putting it together!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 12-17-2007 06:15 AM

that is about the pretty piece of quilted maple as I’ve seen. the wood combination is truly super. you really did a wonderful job of finishing the tray.

-- cronk, oregon

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