Serving Tray with folding legs

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Project by Jamie posted 02-10-2021 01:51 AM 596 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The tray was made from my end table project rosewood santos offcuts. The legs were an afterthought made from some leftover cedar. My plan is to use it in our trailer to hold a couple of coffee mugs. Nothing too heavy. Finish is blonde shellac, Minwax wipe on oil poly and steel wooled on wax.

Rosewood santos(not related to rosewood, different species) is a tricky wood. It gives off a highly allergic oil which poly will not cure on. A couple coats of shellac first does the trick.

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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#1 posted 02-10-2021 02:04 AM

WOW well done what a great idea

-- GerryFrederick

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#2 posted 02-10-2021 04:59 AM

Very nice. I see a couple of these in my near future.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 02-10-2021 05:54 PM

The top looks great.
Don’t you have a problem with the lateral stability with the legs only attached at the top and no lower stretchers to brace them?

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 02-11-2021 04:59 AM

It is definitely light duty support for the tray but no stability issues. The furniture bolts have a shoulder that fits very tight in the hole. I then made a small bushing for the rest of the screw that way the legs have no flex. I was worried about that so I tested it first then I had a plan to add a third dowel to the bottom of the inside set of legs if needed.

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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