Son's Serving Tray with Iron Handles

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Project by swirt posted 06-20-2020 02:47 AM 847 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son, 11 yr old, wanted to make something for his teacher this year as a way to say thank you for being a good teacher. He wanted to incorporate both wood, and some smithed iron. He’s taken an interest in hand forged iron after a school trip to St. Augustine FL where he saw a blacksmithing demonstration / re-enactment.

The wood was a piece of Bald Cypress from a tree we had cut down in our back yard. He did most of the work and planning of this on his own, with minimal guidance from me. My primary job was to hold the hot iron with the tongs while he beat it into shape with the hammer, and make sure he was being safe.

On the wood side: He did the dimensioning, planing with the router sled, sanding, filling the cracks with colored epoxy, and finishing it with several coats of pure Tung oil followed by 2 coats of Odie’s Oil.

On the iron side: We used a pair of barn spikes for the iron. Fresh from the forge, he pounded it square along its length, then twisted them. Followed by shaping the ends to resemble leaves. We attached them with some copper nails. The iron was finished with a few coats of pure Tung oil as well as two coats of Odies Oil.

I think my son was proud of his results. I know I was proud of him. I think his teacher liked it too.

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Original source here: Cypress Serving Tray

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 06-20-2020 04:38 AM

hey buddy it doesn’t any cooler or better than that.tell your son what a great job he did and the work he put into it will totally blow his teacher away.i wish we could get more of this kind of stuff going between father and sons these days,if we could all the crap going on right now wouldn’t matter anymore.peace through woodworking,lets light the fire guys.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 06-20-2020 11:44 AM

Thanks pottz. I’ll tell him, and I hear you man.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 06-20-2020 06:36 PM

Your Son’s got it going on!!!! Great job!!!!

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#4 posted 06-20-2020 07:43 PM

Thanks TZH ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 06-20-2020 11:58 PM

Great job! At least one more generation will live on ;-)

-- AAW, Montana (AKA Steve) -- Start by doing what's Necessary, Then move on to the Possible, Next thing you know; You're doing the Impossible!!

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#6 posted 06-21-2020 12:51 AM

Thanks 2Panther. If he doesn’t stick with woodworking, it will not be from my lack of trying :)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 06-21-2020 02:14 PM

That’s impressive for a young guy! Nice job!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#8 posted 06-21-2020 02:16 PM

Thanks Dark_Lightning.

-- Galootish log blog,

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