Curved Tray

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Project by LesB posted 03-23-2021 09:04 PM 956 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a tray made from a block of Zebra wood 2” thick and 8”X18”. The design and plan come from Wood Smith and is called a “Curved Tray Centerpiece”. It is sort of like a bandsaw box construction

. A bottom piece is sliced off first. Then the center is hollowed out with a jig saw finished with a pattern router pit. Then the curved is cut in the top followed by cutting the 1/4” thick top off. The bottom is glued back on and then trimmed so the walls are about 1/4” thick. I than glued the top back on. Careful attention needs to be paid to the grain and color patterns to line it all up. Done carefully it is hard to see where the top and bottom were glued back on. I finished it with Generals salad bowl finish so it could resist moist food items like hors-d’Ĺ“uvres.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 03-23-2021 09:12 PM

That was one of the nicer projects to come from the “basement dwellers” as my wife would call them whenever I watched that show.

Nice technique and you ace this one!

(I dig the maroon pool table too 8^)

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#2 posted 03-23-2021 09:45 PM

that creates a beautiful tray les,nice work.

-- 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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#3 posted 03-23-2021 10:43 PM

Very nicely done, and it has a beautiful finish. Great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#4 posted 03-23-2021 10:46 PM

Careful attention needs to be paid to the grain and color patterns to line it all up. Done carefully it is hard to see where the top and bottom were glued back on.

- LesB

Besides picking a great chunk of wood to use, you nailed the cut, and realignment of your severed parts and pieces.

Killer tray. Nice job Les.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 03-23-2021 10:55 PM

Nice work, it looks great!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#6 posted 03-24-2021 01:43 PM

Truly wonderful work on an equally great piece of wood. Outstanding, the finish finishes off the tray. (couldn’t resist the finish finishes)

-- Ron

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#7 posted 03-24-2021 03:01 PM

I’ve had my eye on building the same project. That’s really a nice job!

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#8 posted 03-24-2021 04:00 PM

Excellent work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 03-24-2021 04:51 PM

Thanks for the kind words folks.
It was my wife who wanted me to make one of these after seeing it on the TV show.
The plans and instructions are available on the Wood Smith web site.
I also made one a out of Sycamore a couple of years ago.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 03-25-2021 08:22 PM

Really nice tray. Very pretty wood. I might have to give that one a try. Seems useful.

-- Tom

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#11 posted 03-26-2021 03:53 AM

Nice job on that!

Really beautiful…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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