Herringbone pattern serving tray

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Project by Austin Zach posted 05-22-2021 03:21 AM 1156 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife had been wanting a serving tray for some time, and I think she felt she couldn’t buy one because I always told her “I could easily make you one”. Well I finally got around to it. I made this tray as a Christmas gift for her.

It’s made of walnut (the same scraps I salvaged from an old discarded end table, which I used to build my valet tray). It was a lucky day when I discovered the walnut in that old end table.

I didn’t have enough pieces of that scrap walnut that were long enough to do anything meaningful with, other than cut into a bunch of little “bricks”. So I took advantage of the small pieces by gluing them up in a herringbone pattern, and was very pleased with the end result. Hard to tell from the pictures, but light reflects differently off the different bricks with their alternating grain direction, making the pattern pop.

It was fun to polish up some small scraps and offcuts in a project like this, and my wife loved it!

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#1 posted 05-22-2021 06:13 AM

That is a fantastic looking serving tray, I’m sure your wife likes it. Who wouldn’t? That is so clever, I don’t remember seeing anything like that.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#2 posted 05-22-2021 11:04 AM

Very nice tray. Nice workmanship and the bottom is wonderful.

-- Ron

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#3 posted 05-22-2021 05:02 PM

Beautiful work

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

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#4 posted 05-22-2021 05:43 PM

Very nice indeed.

Just curious, how did you clamp that? Looks like it was glued up all at once. I tried that once and it was “a challenge.” Worked OK but I need to to find a better way.

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#5 posted 05-22-2021 07:27 PM

That’s beautiful. I think most Parquet floors I have seen do what you describe about the different light reflection. Mostly the same exact grain if all oriented the same, but just due to the minute differences of grain orientation, it provides a lot of flash. Cool look is the result. I think that is why this tray is such a winner.

Are the ends at angle to the base? Can’t tell by the pics.

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#6 posted 05-22-2021 10:35 PM

Very clever touch to a common project.

I may borrow this idea for Christmas

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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#7 posted 05-23-2021 01:58 AM

Great looking tray.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 05-23-2021 02:07 AM


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

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#9 posted 05-23-2021 02:35 AM

Lovely. The walnut really looks great with that design. What are the dimensions? Also, interested in what finish you used.
Again -super job!

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#10 posted 05-23-2021 01:41 PM

yes – very nice build. At second glance I see the end are offcuts as well – good job

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 05-23-2021 02:30 PM

That takes dedication and patience!

Never seen one with the handles made like that, the entire effect is stunning.

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#12 posted 05-29-2021 02:00 AM

I love it. What a great idea and a great way to use left overs.

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#13 posted 06-01-2021 02:03 PM

Very pretty! Good work

-- Pete

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