A serving tray....

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Project by degoose posted 11-11-2010 01:15 PM 4145 views 13 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the tray that I made with the end grain Queensland White Cedar panel… It was in the last teaser..
Here is a shot of the laminating of the handle.. Several strips..each only 1/16 inch thick… glued up on a bending frame..I cut the curve for the bending form using the patron curve cutting jig...

I then cut notches in the frame of the panel.. by hand.. ok I used a saw.. but it was a Japanese pull saw…
to inlay the curved handle.. Came up a treat for a first attempt.. please excuse the small gaps and the bad photography..

Size 16 inches by 12 inches approximately…
Timbers used…
Queensland White Cedar… end grain… panel…
New Guinea Rosewood… frame…
Laminates of Camphor Laurel and Queensland Maple… handle.
New South Wales Rosewood.. strips on the edge of the tray…
One coat of Danish Oil at this stage.. a few more coats will be required to bring up the finish on the end grain…

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 01:30 PM

Too cool, Larry.
I love the laminated handle and that end grain is wild!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 02:02 PM

Larry, thanks for showing us how it was done and the steps taken.


-- So Many tools, So little time

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 02:50 PM

Larry you do beautiful work. The curved handles are cool..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 11-11-2010 03:05 PM

Stunning base and effective use of the laminated handles, nice one Larry.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 11-11-2010 03:18 PM

You done good Larry… Very cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 11-11-2010 03:20 PM

your work keeps getting better
and more innovative

since you took off the leash lol

nice tray
clean and crisp

well done !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 11-11-2010 03:22 PM

Larry, the deck looks like peacock feathers! Awesome job!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#8 posted 11-11-2010 03:40 PM

Outta sight, Larry. Very creative!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing the how it was made too….....

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 11-11-2010 03:53 PM

I love how the bent handles also serve as the feet for the tray! Very cool tray!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#10 posted 11-11-2010 03:57 PM

Nice work Larry, the wood grain is off the chart…BC

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#11 posted 11-11-2010 04:22 PM

Interesting design and beautiful piece of wood. Well done.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#12 posted 11-11-2010 04:33 PM

Ditto what rivergirl said!!. Those handles are inspired!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 11-11-2010 04:38 PM

i love the tray larry…cool way to make the handles…might try that one on my next ones, the last two i made were for my sister…i decided i wanted ones for myself…so i might incorporate your design …thanks mate…good job

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 11-11-2010 04:41 PM

Larry, the servicing tray came out great.

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#15 posted 11-11-2010 05:49 PM

very cool…gotta love those handles…I wish my love handles looked so good.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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