Serving Tray

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Project by Paul Mayer posted 09-03-2021 12:02 PM 988 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I originally designed this tray 15 years ago when I was helping my father in his woodcraft business. We had a client who wanted a serving tray that was scooped out from a thick plank. I didn’t want to buy an expensive piece of 8/4 material just to throw half of it away, so I came up with this approach to build up stock rather than plowing it out, and there is very little waste produced in making one of these. The client loved it, and we sold many more of these after that. I published an article on the original design, and it’s been fun to see several LJers post pictures where they have made trays using that article. I’ve modified my approach a bit over the years, and have now uploaded a video to show the updated process. You can check it out here if you are interested: .

Thanks for looking.



-- Paul Mayer,

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#1 posted 09-03-2021 01:18 PM

Good job Paul, looks great.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 09-03-2021 02:57 PM

Thank you very much for sharing the video and your design with the world. It’s a phenomenal approach to making trays.

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

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#3 posted 09-03-2021 03:37 PM

Cool video, great little project…thanks for that…might give that a try sometime…

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

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#4 posted 09-03-2021 09:12 PM

Lookin good!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 09-04-2021 04:29 PM

I really like your idea and will be giving it a try.

I think I will try one more modification. Instead of having the handles protruding on the end I will go with flat ends and undercut a fingers groove using a cove bit on the router table. That should be much easier to do.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 09-05-2021 02:29 AM

Neat method. Looks great..
Thanks for sharing.

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Paul Mayer

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#7 posted 09-05-2021 10:18 AM

Thanks for the feedback!

Les, I like the idea of the inset handles.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#8 posted 09-05-2021 02:07 PM

Great looking tray and a great video. Thanks for the content!

-- Jim, SE PA

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#9 posted 09-05-2021 05:15 PM

Pretty cool design process. It would work well with a nice solid figured slab as well!

cheers, Jim

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

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