Chip & Dip Trays

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Project by jhtuckwell posted 02-13-2010 10:43 PM 5252 views 18 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like a lot of you, most of what I make in the wood shop I give away as gifts to friends and relatives. So, I’m continually looking for new gift ideas and when I saw this plan in Wood Magazine, I thought I’d build one to see how it came out. I started with an 8/4 slab of rough hard Maple, 19” X12”, planed to 1½” and then glued a layer of ½” Tigerwood on the top and bottom. I drilled out the center and dip bowl holes with a 1¼” forstner bit and then cleaned it up with a router using a template and collet extender. After cutting out the oval shape on the bandsaw and sanding it down to 220 grit, I put on 3 coats of Behlens Salad Bowl finish and bought a couple of bowls for the dip at Crate & Barrel. I had good reviews so made two more as shown, all with Maple centers but the other two with Bloodwood and African Mahogany. So at our friends parties, we’ll provide the chips and dip, they can provide the beers!

-- Jamie, Sedalia, Colorado

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#1 posted 02-13-2010 11:00 PM

Really attractive. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#2 posted 02-13-2010 11:06 PM

Great looking projects. Bring me one, I’ll buy the beer.

-- Ralph New Hampshire,

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#3 posted 02-13-2010 11:07 PM

hi coll looking chip and dip like the design the two wood s work well together

made a few chip and dip bowls on the lath myself but not the same design as yours

great work keep them coming

branch ok

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#4 posted 02-13-2010 11:17 PM

Nicely done trays

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#5 posted 02-13-2010 11:19 PM

These are very nice.

I’m curious – would you save some time if you roughly cut out the top 2 layers with a scrollsaw before you glue it up?

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

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#6 posted 02-13-2010 11:39 PM

Those are fantastic! I particularly like the tigerwood.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#7 posted 02-13-2010 11:52 PM

Rich: I have thought of trying to cut out the holes with a jigsaw or scroll saw as hogging out the material with a forstner bit makes a heck of a mess of wood chips. I may try that on my next one. Thx.

-- Jamie, Sedalia, Colorado

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#8 posted 02-14-2010 12:19 AM

Very nice work, a cool design and great wood

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#9 posted 02-14-2010 12:29 AM

Very cool job. I’ve got this issue and did some other designs myself , but still want to try this one. You’ve set the bar pretty high. Here’s mine, can’t wait to see more of yours.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#10 posted 02-14-2010 12:33 AM

I’m of the same opinion as closetguy. Before looking at all three, I thought I might like the bloodwood best, but I don’t. The Tigerwood’s my first choice. Very nice!

-- Dave O.

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#11 posted 02-14-2010 01:29 AM

I really like that tiger wood /maple one. That is a beautiful combination. The other two are pretty to, but I just prefer that first one. My wife saw that same set in my copy of wood and has been trying to get me to make her one. I have’nt said no, I just have other things going on. Soon though. Nice job Jamie.

-- The safest place to be is within the will of God. God Bless. Michael

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#12 posted 02-14-2010 01:31 AM

Very Nice!

-- Walt, Ohio

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#13 posted 02-14-2010 05:24 AM

Well done. Very pretty.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#14 posted 02-14-2010 05:37 AM

They turned out really cool looking. I have seen the show on making router bowls and do have it on my list of things to try at some point. Hope mine come out half as nice.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 02-14-2010 06:43 AM

Very cool dip and chip bowls. Love the wood choices. I agree with rich, if you cut the upper layers out with the scroll saw, just think of all the scrap wood you have for another project.

Keep it up.


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

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