My First Serving Tray

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Project by oldskoolmodder posted 09-05-2008 05:54 PM 2846 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Honestly, my first post here at Lumber Jocks as well.

I’ve been a woodworker of sorts for most of my life, but mostly as a hobby, to fix things up, or build those things I for some reason think I myself am able to build, instead of doing things the easy way, by buying it from a store. Besides, What pride is there in saying, I doled out $249 for this small, chinsy serving tray at “the latest trendy store of the day”?

So, with my first post and long winded ramblings… I present my first serving tray, created for a friend of mine. The tray will be used at their vacation home in the South-West, that will hopefully be finished someday soon.

The woods used are Golden Oak, Purple Heart, Red Heart & Cocobolo, on the tray itself. Red Oak for the side and endscaps, as well as Black Walnut for the handles. Tung Oil is the finish used. 2 coats, nothing else.

The first pic is parts, wood and otherwise while finish prepping the pieces.
The second pic is the mostly built stage, where it just needs a few plugs put in place as well as the finish.
The third pic, being the end result, with the 2 coats of Tung Oil on it.

Thanks for looking, I hope you like it…

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#1 posted 09-05-2008 06:10 PM

Wow, that turned out fantastic! Great work!

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

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 09-05-2008 06:14 PM

Interesting, Jenn has just requested that I build her a serving/laptop tray. I like your mixture of woods and the overall appearance of the tray. Did you design this ahead of time or is it something that you just created on the fly? Either way I really like the looks of it.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 09-05-2008 06:19 PM

Thanks for your comments so fast, Guys.

Mark – I learned a LONG time ago, from my Uncle, that you always build first, then make the plans when the project is done, that way you are always perfect with the plans.

In all actuality I do SOME work in Sketchup, but just a basic mock-up mostly, and often time, in the middle of the project, so I can see how something would work, without burning through the expensive woods.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#4 posted 09-05-2008 06:19 PM

Very nice, well done.


-- Woody, UK

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#5 posted 09-05-2008 06:27 PM

gorgeous. And I like your progression pictures as well as the “long winded ramblings” which didn’t sound like ramblings OR long-winded!!.

Keep them coming

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 09-05-2008 06:42 PM

Inspires me for the set of trays I’ve been planning… How thin are the bottoms?

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#7 posted 09-05-2008 10:10 PM

Thanks folks, I realize looking at the first picture, that the button looks like it might be in an odd place, but it was set on the walnut so it could be seen, so people would know that’s what was used for covering up the screws.

MsDebbie, I agree that progression pictures are nice. I don’t often think about pics until it’s too late, but I kept my digicam around pretty often when I was working this particular week. So I got plenty of pics pf the progression on this one, as opposed to my mini wine rack, where I only have pictures of just before and after the finish went on. See, Rambling! hehehe

Derek, It’s always nice to inspire and be inspired. The overall dims for the tray are 19" x 15 1/2" . The Dados in the side and end oak are slightly more than half way through the wood. It's only 5/8” thick for the oak, as well as the tray portion itself.

The sides are @ 1” longer in front than they are in back, so as to slightly wrap around you are you are being served breakfast in bed. There’s also a small angle relief cut on each side for some detail. Really a straight cut just under the top, with an angle that faces down. Like a notch in a way.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#8 posted 09-05-2008 10:32 PM

A very nice combination of different wood species…very pleasing to the eye. Without being critical, when you build your next one, you might consider leaving the corners open. Serving trays can be subject to spills, crumbs etc. & open corners eliminate having to go into them with a toothpick to clean them.


-- Lee

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#9 posted 09-06-2008 03:05 AM

I like what you did with the ends extending past the sides. Unexpected and looks nice!

-- Jason

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#10 posted 09-06-2008 05:09 AM

Very beautiful serving tray with good combination of woods. The extra one inch at the sides is unique.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 09-06-2008 11:02 PM

Nice work!

Thanks for the post


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