Serving tray from fence post wood

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Project by George_SA posted 02-04-2013 07:22 PM 2485 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Edit 3 Dec 2014 – SketchUp model available here

Last year I installed a new gate so that I could get my caravan (trailer in US lingo) off the street. I had to remove one of the fence posts (see last pic) for this. The fence post was quite heavy and I realized that it must be good hardwood. After cutting of a piece I saw that it was indeed some nice hardwood. As to the type of wood I am still unsure, but my best guess after asking for some help in the wood and lumber forum is that it must be some kind of rose wood as it has a reddish colour.

The fence post is quite old, somewhere from the 1950’s, so I decided to to make something special from it. (My gardener eyed the fence post for some firewood, but I quickly put a stop to that idea.) My wife needed a serving tray, so that is what I decided to make. I used my Fibonacci gauge (4 and 5) to get the dimensions in the proper balance (540mm x 335mm).

The idea also came to me to make a inlay box joint[pic 3] (similar to the leigh inlay dovetails)

I used my digital box joint jig to do this and I am quite happy with how it came out. My wife is quite happy with the end result of the fence post and my gardener could not believe what had come from it. I had fun making the tray, even though the sanding was quite a job! This made me realise that I need to make myself a drum sander.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#1 posted 02-04-2013 09:50 PM

Great looking tray. I live the dual color box joints.

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Jim Rowe

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#2 posted 02-04-2013 10:34 PM

Excellent use of “rare” wood! The box joints really do make it look different. I hope that the tray is being put to good use!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 03:12 PM

Love the joints and the design! A beautiful serving tray from recycled wood.


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