Ashley's serving tray

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Project by XrayJay posted 07-17-2016 08:33 PM 1250 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a house warming gift for a friend who moved to Kansas City. She is a newlywed and I wanted to make something to go along with their farmhouse table they just made. The smaller tray was made because I had the wood milled and it’s easy to make after that.

It is made with pallet wood I milled down and distressed even more. The woods are maple, poplar, red and white oak. Large tray is 22 3/4” square and 2 3/4” high. The small tray is 6 1/2” square and 2 3/4”. Three coats of poly.

The last picture is a simple jig to hold the clamps up with. I STRUGGLE with clamping because I never have taken the time to raise the piece I’m working on to allow clearance for the cauls. Just spending 10 minutes to drill a 1.25” hole then cutting it in half through the hole, glue and nail it and it’ll support 3/4” pipe clamps very well. It really helped to lower my stress level. Thanks for taking a look.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#1 posted 07-17-2016 11:40 PM

Very nice looking serving trays! It’s great that you were able to salvage the old pallet wood, and I like the stain color you chose. I’ll bet the newlywed loves it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 07-18-2016 12:06 AM

Super looking tray,nice work.

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#3 posted 07-18-2016 05:21 AM

I like it as well. A great build

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 07-18-2016 05:38 AM

Looks great. Are the handholds rounded over? And, if so, what router bit did you use?

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#5 posted 07-19-2016 05:20 PM

Beautiful tray and awesome gift. Pallet wood material is the best for such small projects.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 07-19-2016 09:25 PM

This is a very nice tray.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 07-23-2016 07:18 PM

Thank you all for your kind words. Bobthewoodbutcher I used a 3/8 round over bit with a guide bushing.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#8 posted 07-27-2016 08:25 PM

This is a nice looking tray.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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