Chimney Rock Serving Tray

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Project by winecountrywhimsy posted 03-02-2010 06:45 PM 2299 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this tray for a local school auction. The sides are fashioned from barrel staves. I had to plane them down to the same thickness and then cut the corner joints, which is difficult with barrel staves because they are curved. The tray bottom is from a wood wine crate lid cut to fit within the stave frame. I cut a rabit joint around the inside bottom of the frame to receive the bottom. The handles are cut from a wine barrel hoop and bent to form the handle. I finished this one with several coats of outdoor polyurethane.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 02:32 AM

Nice stuff, did you create the lettering and designs on the tray, or did that piece of wood come from something else? Either way, it looks good.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 05:07 AM


I was going to ask if the staves were from smaller barrels because the curve seems really shallow…assuming that each piece is the middle of a different stave…

another great piece…i hope it did well at the auction…


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#3 posted 03-03-2010 10:50 PM

The lettering and graphics on the tray are original from the lid of the wood wine crate.

The barrel staves are from normal 225 liter (60 gal.) barrels. The staves in a typical barrel vary in width, some < 1 in. (at the middle) and some large > 4 in. The stave width tapers, thin at each end and thicker in the middle. Since the sides are not all the same size, this gets tricky when matching up the corners. Normally for a tray, I pick out two thin staves of similar thickness and two that are slightly wider so that they are the same thickness when the joints are cut. In this case, I was low on staves so I planed them down to be the same thickness at the corner joints. This actually helped to make the corners match up easier.

The auction is Friday 3/5/10.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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