|Project by Stevedore||posted 05-24-2015 03:17 PM||1286 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
I had the idea a while ago to make a serving tray, something we didn’t have, to bring coffee, cream, sugar, etc., to the table when we have guests. Looking on the web for ideas, I found a picture of a tray that I liked on an antiques website.
The one I found on the web had simple butt joints where the sides & ends meet, but I decided on a Greene & Greene look instead. From what I read, traditional Greene & Greene joints used ebony for the square pegs, but having no ebony, I used a piece of rosewood, which appeared dark enough to provide contrast with the mahogany sides. The square plugs hide the screws which, along with some glue, actually hold the sides together.
I pretty much scaled & copied the parquet design for the field of the tray, sort of a sappy “homage” to an unknown woodworker whose time most likely came & went before mine. Cutting & fitting all of those pieces was quite an exercise.
A fun project, and my wife likes it!
-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ