Tile Table Tray

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Project by splintergroup posted 10-16-2019 02:01 PM 593 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Approximately 9”W x 14”L x 1-1/2”H.

Fumed white oak and jatoba.

I was rummaging through my wife’s “reject” collection and pulled out this 8” x 12” tile she had fired a floral pattern decal onto. The problem with it was the decal got slightly overcooked and the colors faded a bit. I had made various trivets from these in the past but I thought this tile would be perfect for some tray handle ideas I had bouncing around my noggin.

Instead of my usual finger holes through the end, I decided to leave the ability to pick the tray up from beneath. Not wanting to keep it too simple, I also wanted some angles involved so the ends slant in 15 degrees and out 10 degrees.

This is what I came up with as a test, an interior arched end piece joined to an outside piece of contrasting wood with a gap underneath for fingers. These two pieces are joined in an “A” configuration.

I also wanted to avoid excessive end grain exposure so I rabbeted the side rails deeply into the end pieces. to lift it all up from the table, I placed corner feet made from jatoba.

The tile is dadoed into the sides and the underside is covered with 1/4” lauan plywood.

Not really designed for serving, this is probably best used as a table centerpiece to hold salt/pepper, napkins, etc.

A few things to change for future versions, but the concept worked!

Thanks for looking 8^)

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#1 posted 10-16-2019 02:10 PM

That looks great! The features all play together well – the shapes, wood choices and even the tile all tie in.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 10-16-2019 02:20 PM

thats just beautiful splint,your tray really shows off the tile quite well.nice work on the joinery also,great craftsmanship buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 10-16-2019 02:37 PM

Very nice design and workmanship. I think you will be very proud to use this. I like your wife’s tile too, it goes perfect with the tray.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 10-16-2019 03:21 PM

Thanks fellas!
It feels good to get some ideas turned into reality, warts and all 8^)

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#5 posted 10-16-2019 04:04 PM

You two make a great team! Both the woodwork and the tile are gorgeous and the two of them together is a great match.

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#6 posted 10-16-2019 05:23 PM

Super build, like the original design with the handle aspects.

Jatoba is a nice wood to work with, as long as its stable.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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#7 posted 10-16-2019 06:48 PM

Thanks Jon 8^)

Brian, I get my jatoba as unfinished “Brazillian Cherry” flooring. Price is cheap, its dried, and its defect free.

The 5” wide stuff has enough meat so I get slightly over 5/8” thick after removing the back side grooves and perfecting the surfaces.

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#8 posted 10-16-2019 09:31 PM

WOW…That is an elegant tray, Bruce!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#9 posted 10-16-2019 11:13 PM

That’s really beautiful. Nice style.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#10 posted 10-17-2019 12:17 AM

Very nice from so many angles.

Great project!

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#11 posted 10-17-2019 03:00 AM

Just another terrific design. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything you make that doesn’t impress me. Thanks for the inspiration, I learn something new from almost all your projects. Congrats on another DT3

-- John D, OP, KS

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#12 posted 10-17-2019 05:57 PM

Glad you all dropped in! 8^)

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#13 posted 10-18-2019 12:54 AM

Superbly built.

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 10-20-2019 06:09 AM

I realy like those angles and curves

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 10-20-2019 02:36 PM

Thanks guys!

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