Serving trays

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Project by Ken Dixon posted 05-14-2015 02:54 PM 924 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently when a client was in my shop discussing an upcoming project she noticed some wood from old barns I recently acquired. This led to a discussion, design and build of two serving trays. The larger tray is 22”X17”, the smaller one is 12”X12”. With just some cleaning with a brass wire brush and minimal milling they are unfinished as the more they are used the more it will add to the character in each piece. I don’t know the exact history of the wood but it came from different areas of several old barns including beams,thrashing room floors and siding. In these two trays the wood is pine.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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#1 posted 05-14-2015 03:02 PM


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#2 posted 05-14-2015 03:31 PM

Old barn wood look is my favourite. Those are looking great because of it.

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#3 posted 05-14-2015 05:05 PM

Very nice looking trays. How do manage to keep things square and good miters with no apparent new sawed edges. Did you joint the undersides? I have a lot of old barnwood and everytime I make something out of it and try and keep natural edges I have issues with different heights, cupping, poor joints. The handles are also very attractive. What source did you use for them?

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#4 posted 05-14-2015 05:52 PM

Hi Jeff.
Thanks. I have found that trying to keep everything perfectly square and everything in line is just an exercise in frustration. What I can’t show in the photos is there is some hight differences about 1/16” between some of the boards in the tray bottomed and even a couple of the mitered corners. I have found that something that small really doesn’t create a problem and just adds to the rustic charm of the piece. As far as the miters go I cut them on my table saw and they usually some out just fine. If I do need to adjust them then my freshly sharpened block plane usually works or maybe a nice sharp chisel. Other than truing up the edges of the tray bottoms to glue them together the only other work I do to them is clean up and flatten the underside. Some of the wood I do have is badly cupped and twisted, I’m not sure what I will do with them yet, maybe mill them down into shorter lengths to minimize the cup or twist.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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#5 posted 05-14-2015 09:38 PM

Nice re-use… Look great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 05-15-2015 01:04 PM

This is a nice rustic tray.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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