Rosewood Divided Tray

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Project by thiel posted 11-23-2009 02:03 AM 1752 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got around to finishing this second tray in Bolivian Rosewood. It’s based on an “I Can Do That” project from Popular Woodworking. It was nice to finish this up even as I continue my slog through the chimney cabinet I’m making. (Seriously, exactly how many different ways can I screw up drawers!)

The bottom is a bookmatch which I resawed myself. The corners are dovetailed. The edges of the handle are chamfered (using a small block plane). The four sides sit on top of the bottom, which is nailed. The center handle is nailed to the ends but glued to the bottom. This wood is prone to chipout, and even if you want to drive a 23 gauge pins, you have to pre-drill. It’s dense and brittle.

Finish is two thin coats of Arm-R-Seal. I have no idea whether that will hold up to whatever this gets used for, but it’s nice and close to the wood.


-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 02:27 AM

It’s hard to go wrong with rosewood, and you used it beautifully here.

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

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#2 posted 11-23-2009 03:00 AM

Beautiful tray. There is definitely beauty in simplicity. Nice work.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 11-23-2009 06:08 AM

Very clean design and great wood very well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 11-23-2009 07:31 AM

Very nice tray. Like the design. Simple and functional. Although…..with that wood I allmost wouldn’t want to cover it by putting something in the tray. haha

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 11-23-2009 03:18 PM

My that’s pretty. Good job.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 11-23-2009 06:55 PM

Beautiful tray fit for displaying in an exhibition.

-- “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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#7 posted 11-23-2009 07:10 PM

wow, very nice!

-- Happy woodworking!

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Les Casteel

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#8 posted 01-22-2010 03:14 PM

Very, nice, very simple, I like it!

Did working with the Rosewood bother you any? I built two chairs and I reacted to the dust. So, be careful!

Thanks for Sharing!

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#9 posted 02-23-2010 10:21 PM

How did I miss this little gem ? Great job and beautiful wood : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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