|Project by Reddial||posted 06-27-2014 02:39 AM||1202 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
Here are my two serving trays made from cherry in the G&G style. The trays were sculpted out using a ‘dish carving’ router bit and a shop made jig. Consistent with the G&G style, there are plenty of ebony accents and, for an added flare, I gave them some line and berry inlay.
The project entailed a lot more detail work than might meet the eye. The sculpting went fairly well after locating a special bit and building the jig. But creating the bread board ends with the ebony splines was a tedious process (at least for me). The splines are designed to facilitate seasonal wood movement along with the bread board ends. This added a little challenge in mortising deeper in the portion of the spline that is in the bread board end providing room for the movement while the other end is glued in the tray portion. Then the contoured spline was cut using another shop made jig on the router table.
The trays are convertible to bed-trays by pivoting the legs down. They are locked down by little maple clips on the inside of the tray’s skirt. Pressing the clips in, allows the legs to fold back and held by embedded earth magnets. The legs are not visible when folded.
The line and berry is holly with purple heart, wenge, and maple berries.
The finish is 3 coats of General Finish’s Arm-R-Seal wipe-on satin poly. My process for this is to finish sand to 220. Apply the first coat with a cotton pad, saturating the surface for about 5-10 minutes. Then wiping dry with a soft cotton rag until nearly dry. The final 2 coats are applied more sparingly with a pad of Liberon steel wool. Apply in light even strokes. Wipe dry with cotton pad within a few minutes.. Allow overnight drying between coats. For an added touch to increase the smoothness, fold a piece of printer paper and use like sandpaper over the entire surface.
-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.