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Grandmothers serving tray – Mumse
My grandmother had a old serving tray for 30 years, that she loved – but it was completely worn out, the wood had fallen apart, and the paint had beed worn of during the years. In other words it was the end.

When my mother asked her what she wished for christmas, her big wish was a new serving tray, but it had to be like the old one she said… So she asked my mother if she could ask me to restore it instead of buing a new.
And so this became my grandmothers gift from me, for christmas.

The tray are made from a very thin wood bottom, and some soft and light wood for the sides, and this is what she really wanted and liked, since she is a old lady and the normal trays are to heavy.

So I went to her place, and picked it up, had a little talk about the wishes, and she said that she would be happy if I could be creative… And that she remembered how I have allways been interested in using my hands (next picture are me as a boy)...

So home, cleaning, sanding, cleaning, sanding, cleaning and sanding…. Then glue the parts back together, filler, sanding – tree layes of primer, and two layes of basepaint.

My grandmother are the only person, where I still love to feel like a little boy inside, when she hold me in her arms.
The creative part was the painting, I painted a branch from a tree (Japanese style), I was thinking of the family tree, and that my grandmother was a strong branche, and me a little twig.
Finished up with two layers of clear lacquer.

Here you see the day where my daughter and I gave her the tray, and we had plenty of wet kisses.
She was so happy, the only thing that made her a little sad, was the fact that her eyes are so old now.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps alo to bring the kids to the workshop

MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



11 comments so far

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TJ65

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#1 posted 1439 days ago

I love it.
A beautiful tray and a lovely sweet story.
Love the photo of you as a boy, but where is all your hair gone??? :-)

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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stefang

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#2 posted 1439 days ago

Great family story Mads with so many generations still present. Your Grandmother looks really pleased with The tray which is beautifully and lovingly restored and Mathilde also looks happy to give it to her. In fact my Mother-in-Law who is 90 has one very like it, but with green coloring and some pattern. I have always wondered what it was made of and now thanks to you, I know it is wood. I liked the picture showing you in your earlier woodworking days.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dennisgrosen

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#3 posted 1439 days ago

:—) sweet story Mads :—)
great you cuold fix the old tray, I had try that once and failed completly :-(
wuold have loved to see a before picture

best thoughs
Dennis

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littlecope

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#4 posted 1439 days ago

Another touching story, my Friend… Thanks for sharing it…
Great Job on the Serving Tray too!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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patron

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#5 posted 1439 days ago

wonderful story

love and happiness

great work .

i am making a box just like that one ,

it looks like you made better one ,

is it finished , LOL ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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mafe

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#6 posted 1439 days ago

Hi,
TJ here are one for you!

And yes you are allowed to laugh!!! It was newyears eve last year, trust me even my GF was crying from laughs. (please notise I also made a special beard for the evening).
Mike: This was also light green, and with a pattern painted with some gold color also.
Dennis: then you will do better next time, the big job on this one was to remove all the grease before the painting, since it seemed like the old paint and wood had sucked up all this. I scraped all the way down to the wood before I could paint.
Mike: Thank you.
Patron: You make me laugh, I think LJ, has a box virus…
Best thoughts to all of you,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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patron

12963 posts in 1943 days


#7 posted 1439 days ago

no wonder you have a french lady .

international rock star !

i will have to try this ,

i have been using cooking oil in my hair ,

shellac looks like a better deal !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 1439 days ago

Mads, all I can say is that you are a great guy and your mom should be real proud!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 1439 days ago

ha ha ha Mads
a black clap over one of the eyes and you look excacly like a mix between
Ray Sawyer from Dr. Hook and Lennon from Beatles…............LOL

;-)
Dennis

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ND2ELK

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#10 posted 1439 days ago

A special tray for a special lady. Don’t get no better than that.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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mafe

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#11 posted 1438 days ago

Patron: yes, and grow a beard you can cut in ‘sexy’ shapes.
Jim: Thank you a lot, my mother… No let’s leave that, but my grandmother are really proud.
Dennis: Yes I see some Dr. Hook potential.
Tom: Thank you, yes she is a special woman.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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