Inlayed Serving Tray

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Project by ytsejamr posted 10-19-2009 07:27 PM 1800 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a special project I made for my friend from college.

Just two months ago she lost her husband to stomach cancer. He was 35.

I felt bad that I was unable to make it down for his funeral. So I suggested she bring her 2 1/2 year old up at some point to get away.

I wanted to make her something that would hopefully put a smile on her face.

She visited this past weekend and it indeed did put a smile on her face.

It’s cherry with ash plywood and a bit of maple (the lion paws). I hand cut the dovetails. I still struggle with freehand inlays. I end up having to fill more areas in than I want. I had to do a little filling in on some of the dovetails as well.

And one more thing . . . Go Lions!

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#1 posted 10-19-2009 07:29 PM

Sorry to hear about your friends loss….great tray though…and very nice thought….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#2 posted 10-19-2009 09:12 PM

A sad story to go with such a stunning work. The tray looks fantastic. I can’t see the mistakes you filled, which I guess is the mark of an accomplished craftsman!

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#3 posted 10-19-2009 09:17 PM

Very nice work. I saw the Nittany Lion and had to comment. I taught in the
Computer Science dept. at Penn State for about 9 years. The whole time
there I only saw one football game (Lions won). But I saw Joe Paterno
everywhere. That guy is amazing.


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#4 posted 10-19-2009 09:21 PM

Thanks! Funny, in my 4 years going there . . . I only missed one game. :-)

And I’d call it the mark of a good photographer for not being able to see the flaws!

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#5 posted 10-19-2009 09:55 PM

Beautiful work. It’s either damned fine woodworking or damned fine photography! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 10-19-2009 10:41 PM

That is an awesome piece. Great details and logo work.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#7 posted 10-20-2009 01:34 AM

That is a very beautiful tray. I am sure that your kind thoughts are appreciated.

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

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#8 posted 10-20-2009 01:42 AM

This is one great tray super details and a very rich look

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 10-20-2009 12:05 PM

I liked everything about your tray. I didn’t see and flaws. I especially like the really good work and the contrasting woods looked perfect together with the inlays. I also commend you for being generous and helpful to a friend who is suffering.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 10-20-2009 06:48 PM

All the above comments are so true. One of the best trays I have seen made and gifted.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 10-20-2009 07:24 PM

Really nice work. Go Lions!!

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#12 posted 10-04-2013 06:08 PM

very nice! from another Penn State alum…

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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