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Project by jumbojack posted 02-21-2015 11:23 PM 1255 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the ladies at church is in charge of obtaining goods for auction at our fund raisers. She asked for a serving tray this year and supplied a photo of what she wanted.
T h is is what I came up with. The frame is cherry with walnut handles. The tray is 1/2” ply veneered with some WILD Maple burl. I just obtained a vacuum press, bag and a couple hundred square feet of veneer. So I have been veneering anything not nailed down. The second shows the inside of the frame, I used a stopped groove to hold the panel. Maple dowels hold the frame togerher, I almost used screws but just don’t like using them. The walnut dowel handles were oriented with the end grain inline with the sides. I ran the ends into the bandsaw, then glued a wedge in to make the handles fast in the ears of the frame, further locking the whole thing together. Like I said this burl is wild. There is a little heart right in the center. When laying out the bookmatch I saw it and wanted to orient it in the center of the tray.
The last photo is the sister I made to keep/sell. Again cherry sides with a Sepele burl. It has an ostrich skin like appearance.
I let the church lady choose and she went with the maple one.
Thanks for looking

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Jerry

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#1 posted 02-21-2015 11:25 PM

Wow! Beautiful job on those. That Sapele burl is just beautiful. Great workmanship, by the way.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 12:00 AM

Maple of Sapele? Maple or Sapele? I can’t decide which I like best! Nice work.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#3 posted 02-22-2015 02:15 AM

Great tray and better purpose.

Steve.

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#4 posted 02-22-2015 02:37 AM

Tray from the original design, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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Boxguy

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#5 posted 02-22-2015 05:04 AM

Jumbo, you have really outdone yourself with this project. I like the design, the wood, and the finish. What a wonderful gift for a worthy cause.

-- Big Al in IN

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Roger

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#6 posted 02-22-2015 01:00 PM

Very nicely done jj. Done for a good cause, and I too really like them both.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#7 posted 02-22-2015 06:14 PM

looks great

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#8 posted 02-22-2015 11:13 PM

GREAT !!!

Elegant design and perfect execution. Something I need to make.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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kiefer

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#9 posted 02-23-2015 12:16 AM

Very well made and they look just super nice !
Great gift of your time for a good cause and I hope they do as well as they deserve .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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Sam

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#10 posted 02-23-2015 03:00 AM

Great stuff Jack. Both are beautiful. My wife wants me to make her a tray that she can paint… I can assure it will not be ANYTHING LIKE yours!! Thanks for the post.

-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#11 posted 02-23-2015 04:32 AM

Nice way to incorporate handles into tray’s body.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 02-23-2015 04:50 AM

Outta sight, Jack. Love that burl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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