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Approximately 9"W x 14"L x 1-1/2"H.

Fumed white oak and jatoba.

I was rummaging through my wife's "reject" collection and pulled out this 8" x 12" tile she had fired a floral pattern decal onto. The problem with it was the decal got slightly overcooked and the colors faded a bit. I had made various trivets from these in the past but I thought this tile would be perfect for some tray handle ideas I had bouncing around my noggin.

Instead of my usual finger holes through the end, I decided to leave the ability to pick the tray up from beneath. Not wanting to keep it too simple, I also wanted some angles involved so the ends slant in 15 degrees and out 10 degrees.

This is what I came up with as a test, an interior arched end piece joined to an outside piece of contrasting wood with a gap underneath for fingers. These two pieces are joined in an "A" configuration.

I also wanted to avoid excessive end grain exposure so I rabbeted the side rails deeply into the end pieces. to lift it all up from the table, I placed corner feet made from jatoba.

The tile is dadoed into the sides and the underside is covered with 1/4" lauan plywood.

Not really designed for serving, this is probably best used as a table centerpiece to hold salt/pepper, napkins, etc.

A few things to change for future versions, but the concept worked!

Thanks for looking 8^)

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That looks great! The features all play together well - the shapes, wood choices and even the tile all tie in.
 

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thats just beautiful splint,your tray really shows off the tile quite well.nice work on the joinery also,great craftsmanship buddy.
 

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Very nice design and workmanship. I think you will be very proud to use this. I like your wife's tile too, it goes perfect with the tray.
 

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Thanks fellas!
It feels good to get some ideas turned into reality, warts and all 8^)
 

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You two make a great team! Both the woodwork and the tile are gorgeous and the two of them together is a great match.
Jon
 

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Super build, like the original design with the handle aspects.

Jatoba is a nice wood to work with, as long as its stable.
 

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Thanks Jon 8^)

Brian, I get my jatoba as unfinished "Brazillian Cherry" flooring. Price is cheap, its dried, and its defect free.

The 5" wide stuff has enough meat so I get slightly over 5/8" thick after removing the back side grooves and perfecting the surfaces.
 

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WOW…That is an elegant tray, Bruce!!

Cheers, Jim
 

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That's really beautiful. Nice style.
 

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Very nice from so many angles.

Great project!
 

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Just another terrific design. I don't think I've ever seen anything you make that doesn't impress me. Thanks for the inspiration, I learn something new from almost all your projects. Congrats on another DT3
 

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Superbly built.
 

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I realy like those angles and curves
 

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Nice job and congratulations on your 'Daily Top 3' award.
 
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