Christmas trays

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Project by Tooch posted 12-23-2016 10:38 AM 1349 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made several of these trays with different numbers of slots. One for the wife, one for a friend, an In law, and a buddy’s mom.

I Milled them first then individually cut and shaped each one. Woods used were maple, walnut, and padauk (which is not showing up as bright in the photos due to poor white balance on my phone’s camera). The 1 single square was cut on the table saw at 3 different angles to achieve the tapered bottom.

I always have a difficult time sanding padauk when it’s right next to maple, because the sawdust bleeds over into the maple then shows up tinted slightly red when I finish. Hopefully one day I’ll figure it out.

Finished with several coats of spray lacquer, sanding with steel wool and a too coat of paste wax.

Thanks for looking, comments welcome and questions replied to!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 12-23-2016 11:06 AM

Very cool idea

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

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#2 posted 12-23-2016 11:16 AM

I think I should make some of these… with your OK

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#3 posted 12-23-2016 11:36 AM

Nice very Christmasy Tooch :) Oh I just made that word up. haha.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#4 posted 12-23-2016 12:29 PM

Nice combo of woods Tooch! I like this design! Nice work as usual!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 12-23-2016 12:42 PM

They look very nice. And yes, Padauk does bleed over onto the maple and I haven’t figured out a solution yet either.

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

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#6 posted 12-23-2016 01:11 PM

WOW, those area real attractive trays, Mike. That padauk really sets them off!!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 12-23-2016 01:13 PM

I heard that wiping with naptha works for the bleeding. I don’t know if accurate or safe for that matter.

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#8 posted 12-23-2016 02:03 PM

Very very nice Tooch. Looking at them is getting me ready to eat some cookies. I agree with the padauk.

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

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#9 posted 12-23-2016 02:48 PM

WOW! They look very cool, beautiful different wood colour stripes! Outstanding gifts.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 12-23-2016 02:54 PM

very nice

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#11 posted 12-23-2016 03:01 PM

Thanks David, Ivan, Dave, Jim, Tony & Monte for the nice comments.

Randy don’t forget the ”Christmassy” has 2 “S”s.

Larry of course you have my blessing… I’m not looking to expand a market into Australia :-P

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#12 posted 12-23-2016 03:04 PM

Naptown and Jim if I ever figure anything out, you’ll be the first to know. I’ll look into the naptha, thanks for the lead

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#13 posted 12-23-2016 05:55 PM

From my point of view; they do not belong on Christmas tables!



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#14 posted 12-23-2016 06:32 PM

Thanks Ralph, very kind of ya

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#15 posted 12-23-2016 07:17 PM

I love those trays.
The wood combination is just beautiful!

I used padauk on the tea light holders and didn’t have any bleed over issues from the padauk.
The padauk dividers were glued to the poplar piece, sanded and lacquered while the legs were sanded and finished before final assembly.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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