|Project by TheGreatJon||posted 01-04-2016 07:46 PM||613 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
It’s been a few months since I had anything worth showing off, but here we go!
My sister called me up a while back and told me about a horrible ordeal that she was going through. She had been searching the internet for hours to find a serving tray that she liked. She claimed everything available online was ugly and expensive. The poor dear.
She innocently asked me how much could the wood in these trays possibly cost. I gave her a rough estimate and she promptly “offered” to pay me triple the cost of wood for me to make a serving tray for her. I was caught in the trap and was too cowardly to gnaw off my arm… plus I’d never attempted a project like this, so it would be something new.
Fast forward six months and we were out visiting family for Christmas. While we were there I handed off her completed tray and she gave me my $45 after a quick “Ooh, that turned out great! Thanks!”. She probably even felt generous about it. (Did I mention she’s a little sister?) I definitely didn’t get her anything else for Christmas.
Anyway, it was a fun project. It wasn’t perfect, but I like the way it turned out. I was a bit overeager while glueing up the base pattern, and ended up with a few gaps. I also got a little cavalier while cutting out the sides. I ended up with a significant notch cut into the side of one of the handles and had to grab the Dremel. The handles now have a swoopy sculpted kind of look that wasn’t really part of my original design. The last picture shows this, although not well because it is just cropped out of a larger shot. The whole thing was done from a cut off of a 4/4” walnut slab. The cutoff had about half heartwood and half sapwood. The base is all pulled from the sapwood section, with pretty fun variation in grain and texture.
Again, I was happy with the final product. I think I’ll make a few more now that I’ve got the process down and I’ve had a few “lesson learned” moments.
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