2 trays - bookmatched wenge and lacewood/purpleheart

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Project by ellen35 posted 04-25-2013 10:31 AM 3119 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished 2 more trays. The first one is my maiden voyage with lacewood. What a HARD wood! It is by far the hardest and heaviest wood I have ever worked with. The trays are approximately 12×20 inches. The lacewood/purpleheard one has contemporary handles. This is already in a store on the Cape that is selling some of my woodworking. The owner thought it would make a great Mother’s Day gift! Now, help me out with this, why would you give mom something she could use to serve everyone else as a Mother’s Day gift! I think it is one step above a vacuum cleaner! But… if it sells, I’m happy… more money for the “wood fund” ;-)
The wenge tray is bookmatched and really pops. I decided that since I live on Cape Cod, I’d add a nautical accent by using boat cleats for handles. In order to do this, I had to “beef up” the area for the handles so I used a single piece of trim and extended it over the area under the handles. This one will go to an Artisan’s Fair over Memorial Day or to the store if the first one sells quickly.
Thanks for looking.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 04-25-2013 10:36 AM

Lookin’ good Ellen. Maybe it’s a Mother’s Day gift she lets father use to serve her.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 10:37 AM

hey hey ellen, you are working in your shop, lol, these are very beautiful, i would really like to work with the woods you used here, your work is always so classy, i hope your doing well this week..grizz.P.S i really like your business cards, there full of nice color…...bravo..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 04-25-2013 10:55 AM

good to see you ‘backtoit’ ellen

nice trays and clean handles

i guess some people need to remind mom
they are still hungry
and can’t find any clean clothes yet

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 04-25-2013 11:18 AM

Very beautiful

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 04-25-2013 12:10 PM

The look beautiful, Ellen! Your work is always amazing! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 04-25-2013 12:30 PM

Your effort with the hard lacewood really paid off because the figure and purple accents really made for a beautiful tray! And wenge is such a rich looking wood – nautical but nice!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#7 posted 04-25-2013 12:52 PM

Super nice. I like the wood combos also.

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

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#8 posted 04-25-2013 02:01 PM

Pretty Work Ellen!
Love the PH/LW combination!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 04-25-2013 02:43 PM

The trays are gorgeous Ellen and I love your creativity in adding the boat cleats!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 04-25-2013 02:59 PM

Very GOOD, Ellen!

I think the trays would be very nice for a Mother’s day gift!

At times, the Mother could be on the receiving-end of what’s on the tray…

The tray brings more elegance to what is being carried on them…
More elegance to the event makes one FEEL BETTER…

Just my two bits worth…

I like the Wenge one the best…

To me, the purple doesn’t do it.. I think a Wenge frame (darker brown) would have been better…
.. but, that’s just me…

Very well done as you normally do…


Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#11 posted 04-25-2013 07:50 PM

Greaaat Job Ellen!


-- Guy,PEI

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#12 posted 04-25-2013 09:17 PM

Lookin’ good Ellen.

How did you like working with lacewood? I worked with someone once who had an allergic reaction and ended up in the hospital. Since then I’ve always been leery of working with it.

-- Kate,

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#13 posted 04-26-2013 01:33 AM

excellent as usual!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#14 posted 04-26-2013 01:54 AM

Really nice, Ellen. Good to see you are producing more! BTW, if memory serves me, I think the boat cleats are more expensive than the wood!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#15 posted 04-26-2013 02:58 AM

Love it, Ellen – nice work!

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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