My mom approached me about doing something for my father for Father’s day. Only requirements were that it was to be something for their boat, and that it have the boat’s name on it. Other than that, I had complete creative freedom.
I came up with the serving tray idea since they frequently prepare food down in the galley and have to bring it to the back deck for eating, and they currently just use some plastic serving tray.
For the design, I decided that a prominent Compass Rose in the center with a circular border around it, and putting the name of the boat around the compass rose would be best.
For reference, this is the name that will be used on this tray:
And here’s a partial photo of the wood being used:
I had planned on using the super curly veneer in that photo for the compass rose, but later decided against it and bought some dyed white veneer that had some birdseye figure in it
The background for the tray is quartered Sapele, with Wenge and the dyed white wood for the compass rose. The circular border was going to be bloodwood as seen in the first photo, but I decided to make a rope border instead of a plain circle, so I used Mottled Anigre for that. Finally, for the letters, I decided to use some fiddleback Anigre that I have which has a great figure and should match the semi-gold leaf looking lettering on the back of the boat.
-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.