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Three serving trays. One from mahogany, one from black walnut, and one from alder with a maple bottom. Box joints in the corners. A clear danish oil with 5 coats of poly.
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#1 posted 04-02-2010 06:01 AM
They’re great looking trays – nice finish.
-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.
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#2 posted 04-02-2010 08:08 AM
they’re great. How did you locate the base? I was thinking about doing one myself but stopped when I started thinking about what to do with the base. As it has to be strong enough to carry things.I noticed you finger jointed the sides.Was there another reason apart from that it would get alot use that you decided on using 5 coats of poly?
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#3 posted 04-02-2010 11:18 AM
Nice trays! Like the mahogany colors….
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"
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#4 posted 04-02-2010 03:05 PM
Nice looking trays !!
-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one
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#5 posted 04-02-2010 08:18 PM
I made those before and they are a great project for gifts. My wife fills them up with various items like local bee honey jars, turned honey dippers, exotic teas etc… They make for an excellent gift package over all. Save your hand plane shavings to use as “stuffing” inside throughout too.Those look like finger joints, but I am pretty sure they are dovetails.
-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) || http://www.birchhillwoodcrafts.com
#6 posted 04-03-2010 05:07 AM
Thanks for the comments. TJ65, I am sending a link to where I got the plans from. http://americanwoodworker.com/blogs/projects/archive/2009/11/03/nesting-trays.aspx I only made the large tray. I put on 5 coats of poly because I like the look on the sides. The bottom I only put on enough to have a slightly grainy feel to help keep things from slipping around.
#7 posted 04-04-2010 04:39 AM
Thanks for the link. I will certainly give that a go one day. It looks like something I could manage!!! :)
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#8 posted 04-04-2010 04:40 AM
very nice work i like the black walnut one the best!
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