I’m in between waiting for commision work projects, from a few clients, so in the meanwhile, I’m looking for ideas to keep some kind of income coming, even if it is only a few dollars or so, therefore I gathered a bunch more 7/8” x 7/8” walnut cutoff sticks, and resawed them down to a nominal 3/4” square stock, so that all my design work is built around this size, which is the common size for boards, sold in local box stores.
With these sticks, as well as some scrap pine and popular 1”x4” leftover scrap, I set out to start a line of “serving trays”
Here is the first one I came up with, just to see how doweling and resawing and just plain old joinery and glueups work, for this kind of project constructions.
The planks in the tray still need to be stained a dark color, then I will glue and if needed use wire brads to hold them in place, the walnut stock I will probably keep natural, and just polyurethane everything for the finishing.
Here is the scrap I found, already been resawed to final 3/4” square.
the frame final assembled doweled and glued:
3/4” pine board 3-1/2” wide resawed around 3/16” thick on my table saw, then split apart, and handplaned the rough middle spline left from the splitting process, and a final finish sanding of 220 grit, with R.O.S..both sides.
the initial layout
and the dryfitting of the planks.
Next I’ll stain the planks and glue them in, then put a finish on this project.
I have several ideas, on making these trays, I think the next one I build is going to be a octogon shape, with 4 handles 2 sets adjacent to eachother, and maybe round cutouts in each octogon side for drink cans, I have a lot of ideas running around, but here is whats nice about this venture, since all is scrap material, then I could sell these at farmers markets, ect…, for a ridiculously reasonable price for the buyer, yet all the money made goes to me for my labor, and nothing lost to material costs.
AND, these are quick and easy to build, so I can make varieties of these, which lessens the scrap bins and increases my wallet at the same time.
As I build new ones, I’ll put them in my collection of blogs, these blogs will be my line of serving trays.
Have fun in the shop.