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Project by Dave Haynes posted 01-07-2010 09:38 PM 1776 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this project in the December, 2009 / January, 2010 Issue of Wood Magazine and thought that it would make nice Christmas gifts for my wife, two daughters and my daughter-in-law. Besides, I had never before attempted to make anything without square or angled corners other than on a lathe. I thought….this would give me that opportunity to learn some new skills.

I decided to make four of them. One for my wife (no picture of her but the tray only photo is her tray), one for my oldest daughter, Dawn (Gray sweater), my youngest daughter Carmen (sitting by the Poinsettia) and my daughter-in-law Debbie (in the bright red sweater).

I used hard maple for the 1 1/2” thick middle sections of the trays and walnut on the tops and bottoms.

I have the complete build story and photos on the Projects pages of my website at: http://www.oldaveswoodshop.com/Snack%20Tray%20Project.php if you would like to read about the process that I went through making these trays, (if interested) or you can see how it was done if you own a copy of the mentioned issue of Wood magazine. At any rate, I thought you might like to see three of the four happy campers after receiving the snack trays.

Dave

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana, http://www.oldaveswoodshop.com





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Joanne

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#1 posted 01-07-2010 09:41 PM

Nice looking trays Dave, I’m sure they will be treasured!

-- Joanne, New York, www.creationhollow.com

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SimonSKL

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#2 posted 01-07-2010 09:57 PM

Lovely family and beautiful gift of love! I am sure they will treasure such a gift for many years to come.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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bonesbr549

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#3 posted 01-07-2010 10:00 PM

Love the contrast and the finish is great.

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#4 posted 01-07-2010 10:06 PM

good project…you did a real fine job…now put something good to eat in them and youll be set

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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topspin

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#5 posted 01-07-2010 10:08 PM

hi. where did you get the cups that fit the trays? I’m thinking about making these too… but don’t want to start until I have cups that fit in the circular cavities.

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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#6 posted 01-07-2010 10:14 PM

Great looking Trays!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 01-07-2010 10:36 PM

Topspin,

I made the same project for some Christmas gifts, as well. I found the cups (bowls) at Pier 1 Imports for $1/piece. They say they carry the sauce bowls all the time (not a seasonal item). My bowls are 3.5” in diameter, so I adjusted the plans (plans have 4” openings).

Very smart to get the bowls first, btw…

I built 2. One I bored out the bulk of the material with a forstner bit (as specified by the magazine). I had to drill at a very slow rate. I have a small 1/3 HP drill press, though. The second one I just used the bowl router bit to remove all the material. For the router bit method, I did drill a single 1.75” hole in each opening to allow my router bit to drop in with out it “getting jiggy” while plunging. Both ways took awhile, but the router was faster.

I made mine with cherry on the top and bottom, and oak in the middle. I didnt have 6/4 oak stock, so my glue up is made from 4 layers.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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cabinetmaster

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#8 posted 01-07-2010 10:59 PM

I’ll be making some of these when I get back in my workshop. I have the article and was getting ready to make some when I broke my ankle.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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shopmania

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#9 posted 01-07-2010 11:11 PM

nice looking trays! I look forward to seeing your blog on it. Good job!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#10 posted 01-07-2010 11:15 PM

Nice gift.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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degoose

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#11 posted 01-07-2010 11:45 PM

Going over now to see the blog.. great project…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#12 posted 01-08-2010 12:20 AM

Nice job Dave.The ladies look pleased.

-- Mike Wix

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#13 posted 01-08-2010 01:48 AM

Very nice. Well done. These look like they are a little bigger than the one illustrated in the Wood Magazine. I think this is a better size. This is on my list of things I want to do someday.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#14 posted 01-08-2010 01:59 AM

I finally got the whole project story up on my website at: http://www.oldaveswoodshop.com/Snack%20Tray%20Project.php There is certainly more detail there is you care to read it. By the way Jeff, Topspin….I got my cups at Walmart. They are 3 7/8” at the top.

Cheers!

Dave

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana, http://www.oldaveswoodshop.com

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#15 posted 01-08-2010 02:20 AM

Looks like you have some happy customers. Great job they came out fantastic.

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