Snack Trays & A Picnic Table

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Project by hotncold posted 11-09-2014 10:49 PM 2221 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandkids love to eat fruit and veggies (?) and I decided to do a variation of the party trays I’ve seen to make a couple of “snack trays” for them. Used a template purchased online and routed the Mahogany and Maple and finished with mineral oil.

Then they needed a place to use them. I had seen several versions of children’s picnic tables so with a little Poplar and some General Finishes Milk Paint (Holiday Red) this is what came out. All screwed and then filled before painting.

As you can tell from the last pic, they seem to like it…and to me, that’s what it’s all about!
Thanks for looking!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#1 posted 11-09-2014 11:16 PM

Hey Dennie, the last pic really does sum it up! Nice looking grandkids and projects! What is the trick to get the sides of the trays tapered like that? Nice touch.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 11-09-2014 11:58 PM

Thanks Jeff! The secret to the “tapered” sides appears to be a photographic illusion. I just used a round over bit on both top and bottom surfaces. The sides were actually straight…but I may try that next. Thanks!
Also, I’m shamelessly proud of my two grandchildren.
Look at the ketchup bottle in this pic.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#3 posted 11-10-2014 12:07 AM

Very nice Dennie! Those trays turned out really great and the kids seem to appreciate the custom dinnerware from grandpa! Thanks for sharing!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#4 posted 11-10-2014 12:10 AM

Great trays and table? I’m thinking it’s an optical illusion Jeff, looks straight on the first picture. How did you dish it out Dennie?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 11-10-2014 12:11 AM

That’s pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 11-10-2014 12:14 AM

Yeah, after I posted that I thought maybe it was just an illusion…..

Great kid pix!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 11-10-2014 12:21 AM

Grandkids are cool little items. I like mine too.

Neat trays and a table to hold them. What fun.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 11-10-2014 01:42 AM

Thanks for the comments guys! It seems that things built for family are more satisfying than anything else.

Firefighter, I just used a 1-1/4” bowl router bit in a hand held plunge router and followed the template. Really pretty easy but the results can be pretty nice.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#9 posted 11-10-2014 01:59 AM

Ok, I’ve been using a dish pattern bit too, but it’s only 3/4” and I’ve been using a pattern on the router table. I think I’ll get a flatter bottom with a bigger bottom.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 11-10-2014 02:03 AM

Beautiful grandkids. Love the fruit and veggie tray. Looks very classy.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#11 posted 11-10-2014 02:11 AM

That is just plain Awesome! Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 11-10-2014 03:40 AM

Great projects. I love those trays!!

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

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#13 posted 11-10-2014 08:32 AM

So many shapes come to mind.. that one is a beauty…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#14 posted 11-10-2014 12:45 PM

Very precious moments. Those kiddos are happy happy happy. Nice builds.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 11-10-2014 03:52 PM

looking at those faces tells me that both builds were very successful, great job on the tray and table.

-- Smitty!!!

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