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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 02-15-2012 09:50 PM 5326 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These cherry serving trays are straight from a design by Norm Abrams, and an item my wife picked out as our signature gift for family members when they get married. I took the basic pattern and fabricated jigs for routing the parts and the inlays for the brass. The brass is fabricated from 1/16” sheet stock and proved to be a far greater challenge than any of the actual woodwork, which is all done in cherry. I found that after buffing polished the brass, it was necessary to clean it with lacquer thinner first and then again with acetone. I finished the brass with a spray coat of lacquer (from a spray can). The cherry wood is finished with MinWax polyurethane and Howard’s paste wax (really like that Howard’s and learned about it here on LJ). The first three photos are of the tray I just finished and shipped to my wife’s Goddaughter. The fourth picture is the first tray I made and that we gave to a cousin last summer.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 12:24 AM

When my wife and I got married the signature gift was a lasagna. Yours is better! Thanks for posting!

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 12:28 AM

Thats a very nice tray. Love the brass and what you did with it. It really adds to the tray. Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 02-16-2012 01:58 AM

Great job, they are beautiful! I attempted that very same project but the brass was too difficult so the project was never finished.

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 05:31 AM

Well done ,thanks sharing

-- A-Line Wedding Dresses( and Sweetheart Neckline Evening Dress are very good

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 05:00 PM

Thanks for looking and your comments.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 02-18-2012 02:54 AM

Beautiful job. Thank you for sharing0

-- Margery

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#7 posted 11-12-2012 02:35 PM

This is a way kool tray John. I like the metal detail really well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 08-14-2013 06:41 PM

I love norm abrams, there is a youtube channel dedicated to his old shows. I love the use of the inbedded l brackets.

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#9 posted 09-16-2013 12:36 PM

Absolutely beautiful, Hillbilly. I love the finish and the brass.

-- Chip, Virginia

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