Serving tray and bottle rack

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Project by GSwoodworker posted 09-27-2009 03:04 AM 2025 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The serving tray was a lot of 1st for me. The 1st inlay and reinforcing the miter joint in this style. The inlay was a huge learning experience for me. It takes time and I rushed the 1st atempt. I glued it up and left it for a few hours and started sanding it flush I assume the glue loosened up in the middle and I sanded right through it. So I made another inlay and waited 2 days for the glue to set up before sanding (I was just nervous). It is made from walnut and red oak. I also bought some 1500 2000 grit abarnet (? on spelling) sanding pads for my random orbit sander. I was trying to give the tray a perfectly smooth finish. I put 5 coats of poly on the tray. I think oak being such an open grain wood was not my best choice for this type of finish, maybe a grain filler would of helped smooth it all out. Does any one have experience in dong this?

The bottle drain rack assists me in my other hobby, making my own beer. I let the bottles drain upside down after sanitizing them before filling with some home brew. The glass mug is empty because I drank all the beer waiting for the camera battery to charge. It is made from cherry with maple dowel legs with cherry foot pads.

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#1 posted 09-27-2009 03:33 AM

Beautiful serving tray – nicely built and finished!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 09-27-2009 04:04 AM

You did a great job on the tray. How are the handles attached to the end pieces?

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#3 posted 09-27-2009 04:18 AM

Nice tray and bottle rack! Now lets concintrate on that beer….........

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#4 posted 09-27-2009 04:39 AM

Very nice projects. Really stunning.

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#5 posted 09-27-2009 06:43 AM

A filler would create that glassy surface you desire, but they generally have to be tinted to match the wood, so I don’t think it’s a great choice for inlay. I feel like an epoxy finish would be a great choice, but I’ve never actually used one personally.

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#6 posted 09-27-2009 08:29 AM

I wouldn’t worry about the open grain. Nice tray.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#7 posted 09-27-2009 11:44 AM

A real showpiece to be very proud of. Lots of fine details and very nicely done as well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-04-2009 04:21 PM

really nice tray, my wife likes the bottle rack too, thanks for the posting

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#9 posted 08-14-2010 03:55 AM

LMAO The glass mug is empty because I drank all the beer waiting for the camera battery to charge.

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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