Flame Elder Serving Tray

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Project by jaykaypur posted 07-03-2016 01:21 AM 961 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This serving tray measures 13” X 8” X 3/8” thick and sets up 1/2”...just perfect for handling. This was a tedious build, for me. Involved 3 different glue ups and then I sanded it and flipped it over and ran it across the table saw twice to get my slots for the maple inserts set up. Then 2 more glue ups, more sanding and a finish of Howard’s wax. Then a little wet sanding and buff, buff, buff. Looks stunning setting on a table. Thanks for the looks and comments.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#1 posted 07-03-2016 02:01 AM

That is one awesome tray. Beautiful colors!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-03-2016 02:16 AM

That pattern is something else a snake and butterfly is what I see .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 07-03-2016 06:18 AM

You just gotta love that FB Elder.
Great job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 07-03-2016 09:54 AM

Beautiful tray, you have an amazing ability of seeing and bringing out the best in the wood!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#5 posted 07-03-2016 11:56 AM

interesting wood, I have seen lots of lathe turning projects with this type if wood. We don’t have it here so I have never seen it. Would like to learn more about it. What form do you buy it in, is it readily available.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 07-03-2016 01:52 PM

My sister and brother-in-law have offered me any Box Elder trees they have that are already on the ground (clean up around their place, don’tcha know). From the looks of your project, it also looks like I’m going to have to take them up on their offer even though it’s a 13 hour drive to get to where they live.

Dang, but that’s a nice piece you’ve done!!!!


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#7 posted 07-03-2016 02:03 PM

The beauty of Nature! You’ve got it! RH

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#8 posted 07-03-2016 03:31 PM

Good job with this. I am sure it draws attention.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 07-03-2016 04:54 PM

That is the coolest of cool

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

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#10 posted 07-03-2016 07:18 PM

This tray turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 07-04-2016 06:31 PM

Nice work. Certainly thinking out of the box with that design. It would look great on any table, especially mine.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 07-09-2016 01:59 AM

Mind if we use a photo of this in the new issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal? We will link the photo directly to this page and credit it to you, either by name or by your Lumberjocks handle. Let me know via PM ASAP! Thanks!

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