Parquet Serving Tray

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Project by Stevedore posted 05-24-2015 03:17 PM 1132 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 05-24-2015 04:52 PM

That is beautiful. Great work.

-- Randy

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#2 posted 05-24-2015 06:07 PM

Beautiful tray. I like lot types of woods on one place presented like this.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 05-24-2015 06:14 PM

Nice job. Looked like a lot of work

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#4 posted 05-24-2015 11:07 PM

Beautiful. The time spent agonizing over those multiple angles (one degree off and its back to the table saw with the whole thing) was more than worth it!

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#5 posted 05-25-2015 01:43 PM

That’s a really nice looking tray. The joints look great too. It would be nice to have a matching cutting board or cheese board to go with it.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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