Serving Tray

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Project by Radu posted 01-27-2014 12:48 AM 5468 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is serving tray made out plywood – showing the end grain. I had this in mind for quite awhile. I had some plywood leftover from another project and this is what I came up with. It is finished with BLO and a few coats of spray lacquer. The last picture is before finishing. The BLO really pops the different wood colors in the plywood. It is approx 24” x 15”.

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#1 posted 01-27-2014 12:54 AM

Nice Design,

Great use of leftover material.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 01:01 AM

Very cool design, Radu! I can only imagine how much sanding went into this!!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#3 posted 01-27-2014 01:07 AM

You’re right about sanding. I kept saying that when I think it’s done I need to sand some more. It wasn’t that bad actually. I started with 80 grit and finished with 220. On the glueup I used our friend Izzy Swan’s tip to put a few grains of salt in between the pieces. It really keeps the pieces from sliding.

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#4 posted 01-27-2014 01:55 AM

Looks great

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 01-27-2014 04:32 AM

Very different.
Plywood never gets the respect it sometimes deserves.
I built a picture frame out of just plywood and it is one of my favorites…...................

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 01-27-2014 05:59 AM

Great Project!

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#7 posted 01-27-2014 06:05 AM

That is beautiful, I have had that in mind for quite some time, gotta get on it once I get tot he bottom of my plywood scraps.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#8 posted 01-27-2014 07:07 AM

Great use of plywood. Don’t see any voids in it..what type of plywood did you use? Is it all the same thickness of plywood?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#9 posted 01-27-2014 08:29 AM

Looks great

-- Dreaming patterns

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#10 posted 01-27-2014 01:58 PM

The plywood I used is Arauco (made in Ecuador). HD sells it. It goes on sale every now and then for about $26; the regular price is close to $40. I really like it – all plies are pretty much the same thickness – approx 1/8”, including the exterior ones with very few voids (if any).

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#11 posted 01-27-2014 02:10 PM

This tray is very attractive and you’ve done a nice neat job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 01-27-2014 06:14 PM

I made some clocks with plywood
tray is a good idea too.
Nice work.

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#13 posted 01-28-2014 01:28 AM

Very interesting project, nicely done. I wonder how it would look if you made another and used a stain, like a green or something. Just a thought.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#14 posted 01-28-2014 11:00 PM

Very attractive design and joinery .

-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 01-31-2014 02:49 PM

It looks great, cool design. I never thought that plywood would look that good. Great job!

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