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These are three variations of the herringbone tray in Woodcraft magazine from about 08. (Picture 1) The first one I made according to the plans and it came out OK. I thought it was a little bland so the next time around I made it a bit bigger, added padauk and purpleheart woods, cut the strips at a steeper angle, and completely changed the handle (Picture 2). For the latest version (Picture 3 and 4) I went back to a finger holes in the handle and added 1 strip of maple back in, removing 1 strip padauk. I also made the sides thicker.

Feel free to offer other suggestions or alternatives. Except for the suggestion to give up woodworking, I hear that all the time ;)

On a side note. When I prepare the strips I always purposely prepare the stock long so I have plenty of cut-offs. They make great accent pieces to add in other boards trays.

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Nice trays!
I made a bunch of these for Christmas presents back then. They were really well received. Mimi's favorite color is purple so hers' was very similar to your last picture.
 

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That is really cool. Great job
 

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i like how these turned out, all versions look good to me…looks like you had some fun…
 

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Got curious about your work. Saw your post on Grizz's project. Like your focus. How is your etsy store doing?
 

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I don't get much at all from ETSY but it's cheap to post and it gives you credibility at Arts and Crafts Shows. All the juried shows expect you to have a website.
 
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