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Serving Trays -- Unique Wood Bending & Miter Slotting Methods

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Project by ChuckM posted 08-02-2019 02:23 PM 925 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Handles bent using hot water
Corner miter slots cut with a Domino Joiner—quicker than using a table saw or router table
Wood: Tigerwood from hardwood flooring leftovers

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Rich

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#1 posted 08-02-2019 02:43 PM

I saw your article in Furniture & Cabinetmaking. Nice work. I build almost identical trays but use forged iron handles that I have custom made by a blacksmith. Do you find that the bent wood handles are sturdy? I test my trays with 20 lb weights. Can the bent wood stand up to that?

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#2 posted 08-02-2019 03:12 PM

Thanks for your comment.a

I glued the rivets with epoxy glue, and the rivets help hold the handle shape intact. One of the trays is gifted to a couple in London, and being English, they’ve used it almost daily since early June. I have not received any stress calls from them.

Wooden handles should not be as strong as metal ones, I’m afraid.

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#3 posted 08-02-2019 03:57 PM

Wooden handles should not be as strong as metal ones, I m afraid.

- ChuckM

Well, they look great. They caught my eye in F & C magazine, and I really liked the look. Congratulations on the magazine article by the way. That’s awesome.

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#4 posted 08-02-2019 04:41 PM

the handles do add pizzaz to the trays

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#5 posted 08-02-2019 06:14 PM

Very good, thank you for sharing all the images,

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#6 posted 08-02-2019 09:32 PM

Thank you for sharing. These tray’s are great. That is on my list of to do’s.

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#7 posted 08-03-2019 02:50 AM

wow your work is just top notch,i love the craftsmanship and the handles really look nice.great job.

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