Theres a tourist attraction in South Dakota, called the “Cosmos” (mystery spot).
This serving tray I just built I’ll call it the “cosmos cup holder”
The pictures that follow show the build process, after the frame is built and the frst layer of planking has been applied.
A board is placed underneath to hold the cups.
and a quick look at the progress at this point.
In order to use the largest holesaw I have, 2-1/2” to cut the cup holder holes, I needed to reinforce the planking deck, to make sure it all stays together, so I resawed some pine boards, and thickness planed it to as thin as possible, and applied it in the opposite direction of the first layer of planking, but before that, I wanted a continuous membrane over this first layer, to make a solid surface, so I glued on paper as this membrane.
When the paper is glued on, I applied the pine strip planks.
And finally the finish planking strips to give a plywood strength to this deck, so I could holesaw out the cup holes.
kerfed in the last plank
Now the plank deck is strong enough to be holesawed.
And finally the handles were freeformed shaped, and placed on the tray at there respective angles to follow the side piece angles.
The doweling process using my favorite doweling jig, the “dowel centers”.
And applied the finish, which is a “colonial maple stain”
Have fun in the shop…