|Project by CharlesA||posted 05-22-2014 02:40 PM||1736 views||5 times favorited||8 comments|
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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