Serving tray - quilted ash and mystery wood

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Project by PhillipsTed posted 09-27-2015 10:04 PM 1749 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had picked up some reclaimed wood from a local shop and decided to make a serving tray for the wife. She likes taking dinner out to the patio during the fall and spring months. The sides are a quartersawn quilted ash that came from some offcuts. They are dovetailed and grooved for the bottom slab. The handles and bottom came from some mystery tropical hardwood which was reclaimed from some beat up furniture brought back to the U.S. by a foreign service officer from Thailand or Vietnam. Nobody seems to know the species, although there have been a lot of guesses. Personally, I think it feels and works a lot like a rosewood… but who knows…

Anyway, I had to patch up a few holes in the reclaimed wood with dowels after glue up. Miller dowels and wood glue were used to attach the handles.

All work was done with hand tools – stock was dimensioned and smoothed with planes and handsaws, cabinet scraper used for finishing, chisels and rasps were used for shaping the handle. I topped it off with four coats of original Waterlox.


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#1 posted 09-27-2015 11:21 PM

Nicely done, Ted.

I have a similar tray to build and was trying to figure out the handle design. You’ve solved that problem for me. Thanx.

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#2 posted 09-28-2015 03:08 AM

Very nice. I like the handle design. Simple yet elegant. I’m sure it will be a treasure for years to come.

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#3 posted 09-28-2015 06:27 PM

Great job! And hooray for using only hand tools! Proves that the best results do not always require the most powerful tools. Thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 05-14-2017 08:56 PM

This is such a nice tray and you did a real nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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