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My daughter loves tea and the tea ceremony. For her birthday, I promised that I would make her a tea tray to use with a Japanese tea set she was given for her birthday. That was in July. Well, I finally finished the tray, just in time for Christmas.

Since Greene and Greene encompasses Asian elements I wanted to incorporate the some of the G&G elements in the tray, including the waterfall handles, square plugs, and accentuated box joints. The ends were designed using a version of the cloud lift.

I chose walnut to provide a deep, rich color and elegant pattern. The plugs and accents are maple. The handle posts and plugs are cut through the end pieces so they show through on both the inside and outside.

I finished it off with 400 grit paper and a couple of coats of polyurethane, wet sanding with 600 grit between coats. Finished dimensions 12"X18".

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Very nice tea tray! G&G certainly has Asian influences, and is perfect for your tray. I'm sure she'll love it!
 

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Beautiful work, and great style.
 

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That is beautiful, I love it, and I'm sure she will also.
Thanks for sharing.
Bob.
 

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Earl,
Great tray. I tapped similar inspiration in making this tray.


Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and have a great day.
 

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Very Nice Project Earl, and well done. Thanks for Posting.

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" wet sanding with 600 grit between coats "

How did you do this exactly? Wet sand with water or with another coat of poly? How cure was the poly? Thanks in advance.
 
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