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Project by Halc posted 11-01-2016 12:05 AM 729 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently built a hall table for people to put their things down on when they entered our home. I then decided there were some things, like keys, I wouldn’t want thrown on the the new table’s top. I made this tray to address that issue.

I used the WWGOA plan for the tray (https://www.wwgoa.com/article/artisan-serving-tray/), but modified it slightly and scaled it down to fit the table. I also used the technique from Scott Lewis’ “The Coolest Cutting Board Ever” (https://youtu.be/lR9_CjQYZj4) to put through-inlays in the tray. If you’re a member of Fine Woodworking you can find instructions for that technique at http://www.finewoodworking.com/2013/04/04/a-unique-cutting-board.

The last photo shows the first glue-up of the through-inlay. It’s challenging because you have to exert pressure on three axes to get everything to come together and keep it all aligned. The cauls have notches cut in them to go around the inlays so the cauls don’t get glued to the tray.

I’m happy with how the tray came out, but I don’t think I’ll build another one because it took a lot of time to complete. Besides, now I have to build something that will protect the tray from the keys.





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#1 posted 11-01-2016 12:15 AM

I’d be happy with this as well. It turned out great.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 11-01-2016 10:43 AM

Great job!

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#3 posted 11-01-2016 11:15 AM

Very nice work on that tray. It is very attractive with the inlays!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 11-01-2016 02:02 PM

looks great

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#5 posted 11-01-2016 02:14 PM

This is a design that jumps out at you. It’s quite an eye catcher and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#6 posted 11-01-2016 02:53 PM

That’s nice
way too much nice wood to hog out from my perspective

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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GR8HUNTER

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#7 posted 11-01-2016 02:59 PM

GREAT JOB

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 11-01-2016 03:08 PM

It’s time consuming/challenging enough doing those inlays! You are a brave person to keep attacking that board with (I assume) a router. Typically for me I’d stop and not tempt fate if I made it that far 8^)

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#9 posted 11-01-2016 05:59 PM

Very cool project! I need to try something like this sometime.

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#10 posted 11-01-2016 07:45 PM

I’ve wanted to play around with that tray design for ages. You did a great job. That technique makes everything look better. I just completed my first batch of CNC trays using that format.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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SteveGaskins

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#11 posted 11-01-2016 11:25 PM

Nice tray. I have always liked this technique. Well done.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#12 posted 11-02-2016 12:51 AM

Well done nice design.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 11-02-2016 05:53 PM

Beautiful tray and lot of work on it I bet. Maybe it looks simple but it’s very complex. I like those bended stripes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 11-03-2016 03:56 PM

I really like this. Very nice job.

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#15 posted 11-05-2016 12:12 AM

nice work, love the curved inlays, they really add to the project!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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