Fleur de lis Tray

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 07-02-2008 10:05 PM 4781 views 2 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess I’ll have to enter this in the summer awards contest just because I was already making it when the contest was announced. What a coincidence!

In reality, this is just a very simple tray (read: not contest-worthy) that I made for two reasons. 1) To try out my fleur de lis inlay template, and 2) to experiment with pore filler. I’d never used pore filler before, and was curious to see if it would really allow me to get a glass-smooth finish on walnut. A tray just seemed like an obvious choice, since it would give me a large flat surface to work with.

I’m happy to report that the Behlens water-based pore filler works as advertised. Finish is multiple coats of wipe-on poly.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 07-02-2008 10:19 PM

Very nice, lookls like you inlay template works well. I have never used a pore filler before either do you have to dye it to match the word or does it already come colored?

Nice tray.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#2 posted 07-02-2008 10:54 PM

Excellent work once again, thanks for posting this model.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#3 posted 07-02-2008 11:24 PM

Looks great! What is the Fleur de lis made of?

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#4 posted 07-02-2008 11:31 PM

Thanks, Guys!

Glenn, you can buy it neutral and put dye in it, or buy it already colored. This was just called “brown”.

Ted, the inlay is just some 1/8” light colored hardwood leftover from another project. Don’t remember the exact species.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 07-03-2008 12:11 AM

Looks great to me Charlie!

I am going to have to try some of that filler one of these days.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 07-03-2008 12:22 AM

That looks terrific! I really like the contrast, and your inlay work looks nice and tight.

Great job, as usual Charlie!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 07-03-2008 01:35 AM

Great work Charlie. Good luck in the contest.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 07-03-2008 03:06 AM

Nice work putting it by the pool, it brings out that refreshing feeling that we all love.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Earle Wright

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#9 posted 07-03-2008 03:13 AM


Is that a ‘fleur de lis’ or a pigeon that just left a dropping????

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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Dan'um Style

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#10 posted 07-03-2008 03:24 AM

sweet !

well done.

eye popping finish and the inlay, welll…. it is extraordinary

anyone ever fill pores on quartersawn white oak ? I’ve always used paste wax as a final coat to do that duty.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 07-03-2008 04:38 AM

that is a beautiful tray, you did a great job and the finish is in the wow factor to me, I really like the shine. Great build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#12 posted 07-03-2008 04:55 AM

Beautiful work Charlie, perfect inlay. One day I could be as talented.


-- When you are at a point in life and you think there is nothing more to learn, then you must understand that you have learned nothing at all. Billy

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#13 posted 07-03-2008 05:17 AM

You guys are too kind. Well, except for Earle with that pigeon remark. LOL!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 07-03-2008 05:41 AM

I only wish I new what you all are talking about, but then again that’s why I am here, to learn. This is Beautiful. Like I have said before I have always wanted to try inlay. I guess I need to first try to find out what a pore filler is first. I am serious when I say I have never even heard of that in reference to wood (inlay), now of course if you were talking about a woman’s bathroom?!!!! Then I know all about pore fillers. LOL!!!
Beautiful work!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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Douglas Bordner

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#15 posted 07-03-2008 06:50 AM

Looks like it might be a Fleur de Ash.
And the tabletop is as smooth as silk.
I have to admit I have only used the quart of Pore-O-Pac (Behlen’s oil based filler) left at the shop by a buddy of mine as a weight during glue up.

That’s a sweet little tray, BTW. I hope you are serving Mme. CharlieM the traditional Beignettes and chicory coffee in bed with this.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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