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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 631 days ago 2467 reads 21 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to use some of my wood stock to make some trays. I started with a piece of wood that I needed help identifying and had help from fellow lumberjocks to do that. It turned out it was birch which I planed down and cut to the size of 25” long x 7 1/2” wide x 13/16” thick:

For 3” at each end, on the underside of the piece, I routed out a depth of 5/16” using a bowl bit:

(This was cleaned up afterwards with a sander.)

Here you can see the profile of the tray from the side:

I then drew out a rectangle 17 1/4” x 6 1/2” that I would route out inside the tray on the top side:

I proceeded to route out 3/8” deep

Once it was routed out I sanded, sanded and sanded some more:

I coated the whole board with mineral oil, let that soak in and then coated it again:

Hope you like it!

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca



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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 631 days ago

Nice job cutting and routing. Nice clean work. Good tutorial.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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grizzman

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#2 posted 631 days ago

i really like this Julie, good job on the routing, did you free hand it or use a guide for the sides and ends, to me its very contemporary and it would look very nice on anyone’s table, i might do one like this except with walnut.thanks

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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~Julie~

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#3 posted 631 days ago

Grizz – I learned a lesson making this, which would be to have the wood piece larger than the final piece and to screw a template onto the wood. I clamped border pieces around the “rectangle” for the router bit to ride against, and, because I kept running into the clamps, had to keep changing the placement of them. This did not give me a perfectly smooth edge, I had to keep going back to clean up the side lines.

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#4 posted 631 days ago

That turned out really good Julie, I like the clean lines and grain, it’s very functional and something I may like to try to make. Well done.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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LelandStone

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#5 posted 631 days ago

Julie, I like the clean lines and clear functionality of this piece. The wood grain is really highlighted and thanks for offering this bit of inspiration and help. :)

Leland

-- Leland, OC Calif., www.safetyshowerbars.com

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prattman

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#6 posted 631 days ago

I really like this, you have inspired me to try something like this. thank you for posting this Julie

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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degoose

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#7 posted 631 days ago

I dreamt of making a routed tray last night…....I am going to make the template in acrylic on my laser and use a bowl bit with bearing… how bizarre that you post this now… and btw … nice job…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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~Julie~

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#8 posted 631 days ago

Larry, perhaps I sent brainwaves across the globe? Yes, do make a template, it will make things much easier and neater. Be sure to post your creation!

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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Douglas

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#9 posted 631 days ago

very nice. I want to start making some router bowls and such myself—thanks for the inspiration. I just need a bowl bit.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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daltxguy

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#10 posted 631 days ago

Nice work Julie. You made an excellent choice on how to use this pretty piece of BIRCH.
It’s a wonderfully simply looking design, though we all know that it takes work and effort to make it look simple.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Grumpymike

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#11 posted 631 days ago

What a wonderful little tray! I’ll bet that hundreds of copies are under alot of Christmas trees this year.
I started my template this afternoon.
Thanks for your post Julie, you have inspired many … and me.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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EWJSMITH

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#12 posted 631 days ago

beautiful tray indeed. I too will be borrowing the design. I may combine what you have done with the small dish holders I did to make a larger serving tray with the dishes on the side.

i don’t have a bowl bit for my router. can the same be accomplished with a corebox bit? with regards to finish, i know mineral oil is the usually the standard for trays, bowls, boards, etc…. how does that hold up to stains? the small bowls i would incorporate would hold condiments and my concern would be the tray being stained up. my dish holders were finished with shellac but there isn’t any food contact with these as they just hold the dishes and the spoons.

cheers

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harry1

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#13 posted 631 days ago

A truly amazing job Julie and the method used was fine for a one off even though heaps of sanding was required. All it takes to produce multiple identical ones with minimal sanding is two very simple templates, similar to the ones shown in my thread on making a marble solitaire game.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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hjt

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#14 posted 631 days ago

Ditto!!! Julie you do beautiful work, be it rough or fine, you are very talented! Are you planning to make a bunch to sell? If so, what means might you sell thel – art/fair settings? Consignments? Wholesale???

-- Harold

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Napaman

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#15 posted 630 days ago

very nice…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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