Serving Tray

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Project by Don posted 05-21-2007 08:55 PM 2556 views 19 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve showed one of these before.

I made this tray a few years back and enjoyed seeing it again at my daughter’s home in Vanouver. They are easy to make and appreciated by everyone for whom I’ve made them.

The wood is Australian Blackwood and finished with Minwax low sheen Wipe-on Poly.

Sorry about the third picture, it’s out of focus and taken under different light conditions than the first two, however, it gives a close-up view of the make-up of the tray for those that might want to use this idea.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 05-21-2007 09:11 PM

Very nice, I can see why everyone likes it.


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#2 posted 05-21-2007 09:21 PM

Australian Blackwood is beautiful stuff – I guess the other place I saw Blackwood was CarverRog’s Thorsten table. How different is “African Blackwood to Australian Blackwood?

-- John

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#3 posted 05-21-2007 09:23 PM

Don -

Well, I always look forward to your projects and this is no exception. I love the clean lines and joinery. I am fascinated with the wood species you get to use!


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#4 posted 05-21-2007 09:28 PM

Very well Made Don. Is this wood sometimes used for guitars? It sounds familiar.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#5 posted 05-22-2007 12:21 AM

From what I know African and Australian blackwood are the same. I think they are at least from the same geinus famliy, I know that Australian Blackwood is Acacia melanoxylon. African is Dalbergia melanoxylon. I also know that Hawaiian Koa is also an Acacia, making all these woods at least cousins.

But the tray is beautiful Don.

-- Kaleo ,

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#6 posted 05-22-2007 04:02 AM

That Australian Blackwood is beautiful, Don. Love the tray.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 05-22-2007 04:15 AM

Quote PanamaJack: ”Is this wood sometimes used for guitars?

Yes, as Kaleo states above, the wood is very similar to Hawaiian Kao which is a good guitar wood. (See this.)

Here is an Aussie site that sells Australian Blackwood sets for guitar making.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 05-22-2007 06:33 AM

beautiful wood Don, beautiful project. JOCKMIKE

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 05-22-2007 05:04 PM

Funny you should post this now. I just started a similar serving tray over the weekend. I am using Peruvian Walnut, though. It looks good, but I admit the blackwood looks better. I’m inlaying a 6” Maple “W” on it. It is to be a wedding gift for my brother and his wife come August. I was planning on just doing dovetailed sides, but I like your design. I think I’ll copy it! The slight arc on the side handles adds so much to the look.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#10 posted 05-22-2007 05:09 PM

That’s just great. Another project in the queue!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 05-22-2007 05:27 PM

Thanks Don.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#12 posted 05-22-2007 05:43 PM

simply beautiful.
I “need” to make a serving tray. This helps with the planning. Thank you

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 05-22-2007 06:12 PM

That’s really pretty, Don.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 05-24-2007 05:39 AM


This is so simple and elegant, I just love it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 04-11-2008 05:49 PM


I don’t know why, but this just popped up in my Emails.

I’m glad it did, because I don’t remember seeing it before.

This is a beautifully designed, & well put together tray.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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