Serving Tray surprise.

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Project by rctomps posted 03-13-2016 10:42 PM 1253 views 10 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!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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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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