Serving Tray

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Serving tray from Woodsmith Vol. 17 / No. 101

Paduak and Maple with GF Satin Gel clearcoat.

Thanks for looking.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#1 posted 09-05-2015 04:22 PM

Elegant for sure. I must have missed that edition of the magazine. What’s the depth from the top of the frame to the tray itself? It looks small which makes me think it’s a tray design from years gone by that I’m glad is coming back. Deep trays have their purposes of course, but the smaller depths, to me, are more elegant.

Thanks for sharing.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 09-05-2015 07:26 PM

I primarily use it on my lap for dinner in front of the TV, so a shallow tray works well.

I’m having a hard time getting good photos. Here’s one of the corners.

The tray is made up of 5/8” x 3/4” pieces (pieces with the handle are 1 3/8” wide) with 3/4” core box set to a depth of 3/8”. So the tray depth is 3/8”.

The ‘feet’ are also 5/8” x 3/4” with 3/4” radius curves cut on a bandsaw and glued to the bottom (giving the tray 1 1/2” height and then the pieces are mitered. The 1/4” plywood is 12” x 18” and rabbeted to fit into a kerf which is cut so the top of the plywood matches the curve from the core box.

The handles are also fashioned with the core box, bandsaw and a 3/8” round over.

I’m thinking of using 12×12 plywood pieces to make tea servers.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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