Curly Maple and Sapele Serving Tray

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Project by CharlesA posted 64 days ago 1002 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found this tray in a book of “weekend projects,” and I immediately loved the angles, curves, and contrasts between wood. This tray is made with Curly Maple with Sapele handles. I re-sawed the maple and planed it down to 5/16” thickness. The handle shape is cut with a bandsaw from a rectangular block, and then sanded down to shape.

I finished the maple with shellac colored with Dark Vintage Maple Transtint Dye. After it was applied, I sanded it back down to leave the dye in the “curly” areas. I used Red Mahogany Watco Danish Oil on the handles. The entire thing is finished with General Finishes Gel Topcoat (I find it a little easier than Arm-R-Seal on a piece like this). The finish is more satiny than the pics make it look.

The sides attach to the bottom with an angled tongue and groove, and the side and handles are secured with a 1/8” dowel.

I made three of them: one for each of my sisters for their birthdays and one for a colleague leaving our office. I had to throw my first effort away, so I figured once I got it mostly right, I should make more than one!

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#1 posted 64 days ago

Wow this looks great Charles super design and excellent build.

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#2 posted 64 days ago

Thanks, Jim. I learned a lot on my first attempt that made the next three work much, much better.

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#3 posted 64 days ago

Nice build. That tray has style.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 63 days ago

Thanks, Willie.

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#6 posted 63 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed Charles! Thanks For Sharing!


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#7 posted 63 days ago

Nice job Charles. Glad the wood worked out for you. bob

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#8 posted 61 days ago

Great job. I downloaded the free plan from WoodSmith sometime ago, but now that I see it here, I think I’ll move it up in my long list of upcoming projects.

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