Walnut tray / cutting board

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Project by DBB posted 09-12-2021 05:20 PM 881 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Serving tray made from a scrap of figured walnut. It’s intended to have drippy stuff in the indent, then dry stuff on the flat – like a soft cheese and crackers, or olives and bread slices. I turned the bowl part on the lathe, and left the drive center marks on the back (see last photo). I sanded the whole piece down to 320, then sanded the bowl down to 2000. You can easily see the difference in sheen. For finish, I soaked it in a bag full of mineral oil for a day – that’s it. I’m assuming it will show wear from knives and washings, then I’ll just re-sand and put another coat of mineral oil on it.

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#1 posted 09-12-2021 06:11 PM

beautiful and well done.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 09-12-2021 06:38 PM

Oh, my… I would not use that for it’s intended purpose,,, I would hang it on the wall to look at…. What a beautiful piece of lumber….

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 09-12-2021 07:13 PM

Neat idea, great wood, and nice finish job!

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#4 posted 09-12-2021 08:28 PM

Great looking piece, I’d hang that on the wall in the kitchen for show…

If you plan on using these beauties for real food, look into cutting board oil for your finish…

Cool man…

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

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#5 posted 09-12-2021 08:57 PM

Great piece of wood and great idea. Nice combination of cutting board and dish. I may have to use your idea sometime.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#6 posted 09-12-2021 11:41 PM

That’s very nice!

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#7 posted 09-12-2021 11:44 PM

love it.

-- 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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#8 posted 09-13-2021 01:08 AM

Great job. You picked an excellent piece for this project.

-- AJ

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#9 posted 09-13-2021 01:45 AM

Excellent job and the grain is beautiful. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#10 posted 09-13-2021 02:08 AM

Beautiful wood and a nice design.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 09-13-2021 04:23 AM

Beautiful! What speed do you recommend for an off balance piece on the lathe?

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#12 posted 09-13-2021 09:52 AM


-- Petey

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#13 posted 09-13-2021 12:52 PM

beautiful hunk of lumber and a great idea

-- 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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#14 posted 09-15-2021 12:57 AM

Fantastic job.

-- Julian

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#15 posted 09-18-2021 06:30 PM

Walnut sure does have some pretty grain. I bet your gouges had to be super sharp to avoid any tear out. You did a fantastic job! It is beautiful.

-- cathyb, Hawaii

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