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Poplar serving tray

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Project by BB1 posted 01-02-2017 03:32 AM 1269 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found a very interesting piece of poplar so decided to incorporate it into a serving tray. Wish I had more of the section with the brown swirl but was able to use it on the ends. The slats are all poplar as well, just used othet pieces of different colors for some contrast. Used GF High Performance for the finish. First try using a plywood template and my router for the handles. Still have to work on my technique as they are not a perfect match but have learned how to cut the rough opening in order to improve the outcome with the router. Fun little project. Size is about 23×15 inches.





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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 01-02-2017 04:04 AM

A nice looking try.

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 01-02-2017 05:38 AM

Well done and very attractive too.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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Tooch

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#3 posted 01-02-2017 01:17 PM

cool looking tray. using a template on the router table is always a tough task. the pros make it look so easy but if you don’t do it all the time there is lots that can go wrong.

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

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BB1

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#4 posted 01-02-2017 01:49 PM

My mistake was cutting the openings too close to my marked lines with my jig saw, and also the drill holes were too tight in the corners. This didn’t leave enough material for the router to remove, thus resulting in the need for some “adjustment” with sanding, etc afterwards. Also used a trim cutting router bit – I expect there are other options that might work better. Armed with these insights, hopefully next time I’ll have a “perfect” outcome. I watch a lot of Woodsmith videos and I agree that they make it all look easy!


cool looking tray. using a template on the router table is always a tough task. the pros make it look so easy but if you don t do it all the time there is lots that can go wrong.

- Tooch


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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 01-02-2017 03:39 PM

You did a very nice job on this tray.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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splintergroup

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#6 posted 01-02-2017 03:41 PM

You are making quite a collection! The streaks in that poplar are indeed something to showcase.

What do you do with all those trays if I might ask? I’ve stopped making bread boards for a while until the relatives start losing the ones they already have (several) of 8^)

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BB1

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#7 posted 01-02-2017 07:17 PM

Most are gifts for family and friends – have not yet saturated the market!! :)

Each one I have tried something different and see how to do things better – guess that keeps me coming back to see if I can get all the steps “right” in one project!


You are making quite a collection! The streaks in that poplar are indeed something to showcase.

What do you do with all those trays if I might ask? I ve stopped making bread boards for a while until the relatives start losing the ones they already have (several) of 8^)

- splintergroup


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#8 posted 01-02-2017 11:49 PM

Great looking serving tray—definitely a beautiful piece of poplar you used for it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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oldrivers

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#9 posted 01-03-2017 01:38 PM

Another beautiful Show Me State tray, Popular often offers some amazing color changes, I see you used them well, GOOD job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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BB1

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#10 posted 01-03-2017 02:16 PM

Have to admit, whenever there is a chance when out shopping near lumber, I’ll take a look through the poplar to see if there are any really uniquely colored boards. Always find a purpose for them, even if unknown at the point of purchase!

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#11 posted 01-03-2017 04:18 PM

Beautiful clean lines.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 01-03-2017 04:26 PM

Real nice looking tray, Barbara!!

Jim

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

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