Serving Tray surprise.

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Project by rctomps posted 03-13-2016 10:42 PM 1053 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on this project for the past few months off and on, the toughest part was keeping it a secret from my wife. It was originally going to be a Valentine present but I just got too busy with other projects. Valentines turned out to be dinner and flowers so it was ok. I surprised her this Sunday morning with breakfast served on it.
It’s a great technique for making a serving tray I read about on this site
Thanks for looking.

Made from Walnut, soft maple, yellow heart and padauk. Finished with natural danish oil and spray acrylic.

-- Rob

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#1 posted 03-13-2016 11:47 PM

That’s a beauty Rob. Really like the wood combos and the design. Handles on the sides, you’ve got it covered.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 01:20 AM

Great tray. What issue was that in?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 03-14-2016 01:40 AM

Great tray. What issue was that in?

- Hawaiilad

I could be mistaken about the magazine.
Here is a link to the craftsman’s page.

-- Rob

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#4 posted 03-14-2016 05:05 AM

Thanks for the link Rob…very interesting

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 03-14-2016 01:01 PM

That’s a mighty handsome tray Rob. Nice work!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 03-14-2016 07:23 PM

Hello Rob

Very nice serving tray

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#7 posted 03-14-2016 07:31 PM

This is similar to how cutting boards are done. I’ve been looking for something that I could use with scraps.

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#8 posted 03-15-2016 10:20 AM

Awesome shape and stripes! Very nice gift (potential). Incredible how you kept your secret so long.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 03-16-2016 01:57 AM

Nice build! I’m so glad that you found that article and built this, Rob. I designed that tray many years ago as I was helping my father get started in woodworking. DW833 is spot on about it being build like a cutting board, and that was very intentional. The first thing that I taught my father how to build was a long grain cutting board, and the second thing was this tray, which seemed like a natural evolution of the cutting board lesson.

I love your wood selection; very classy.



-- PaulMayer,

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#10 posted 03-16-2016 03:16 AM

Looks great Rob.

-- Custom furniture

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