Walnut and Curly Maple Serving Tray

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Project by poroskywood posted 1540 days ago 4030 views 26 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Guys, Made this up over Memorial Day weekend. Just was kinda messing around in between Hot Dogs and Beer. It may be tough to see in the pics…. I had some figured Black Walnut I used for the mitered frame. I book-matched some Curly Maple I had and Wa-La.

The tray is 14” x 22” x 2 1/2” The Maple is 3/16” thick, set in a dado cut as a floating panel. The finish is Watco Danish Oil – Natural, with a rubbing of Paste Wax. The hardware was on sale at HD as Large drawer pulls. I plugged the mounting holes on the backside with Walnut plugs taking care to match the grain.

I would like to thanks my Planer, Jointer, Table saw and Jet Sander for aiding me in the creation of this tray.

Some of you may say “Aww.. why didn’t he cut handles out of the sides.” Because this was easier. I was drinking beer and relaxing ….remember. Also, I like the modern look and feel. I originally made this to sell at a craft fair I have coming up….. but my wife Brandy came in the shop and said “Oh you finally made something for me!” She is very forgiving about all of my shop time so… I said “With all the love in my heart honey.”

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#1 posted 1540 days ago

Hey, if you can do work like this while drinking, who cares! I like the handles. Nice job.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#2 posted 1540 days ago

Speaking of drinks where are they?.................Schloemoe Nice

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#3 posted 1540 days ago

That is one “A+” serving tray !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#4 posted 1540 days ago

Outstanding tray! Your craftsmanship shows off well with this piece!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 1540 days ago

Nice design on this holiday project, how many beer before the creative juices started to flow, to many will upset the overhead cost of the project. I like the modern looking handle as well and the curly maple is just icing on the cake…thanks for drinking and posting LOL…Blkcherry

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#6 posted 1540 days ago

Fantastic tray beautiful

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1540 days ago

Voile.. finally you have worked out the inspirational value of…XXXX

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#8 posted 1540 days ago

Beautiful and elegant serving tray, well done! Quick thinking in response to the wife too.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#9 posted 1540 days ago

Wa-La, that’s funny. The actual saying is french and spelled “voila”. My wife is french and I think I will start saying it like you wrote it just to get under her skin. We only tease the ones we love.

BTW. Beautiful tray.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 1540 days ago

Wa-La is Redneck for voila. I was a wonderin what the heck Larry was a sayin to me. Take n took whatcha callit, half dozen a one six of the other. Thanks!

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#11 posted 1539 days ago

This is a beautiful tray!

I also like the handles. This turned out wonderfully, as it seems like a very cohesive and complementary design overall.

Now you just have to make another one for the craft fair. Great wood combination as well.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#12 posted 1533 days ago

Kicks Arse!

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina,

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#13 posted 1532 days ago

this is so beautiful! :) I really love the modern hardware, it makes a sleek addition – much preferred to cut handles IMO.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#14 posted 1532 days ago

I agree with the handles for this particular project. I think they keep the cleaness of the piece going. It’s funny, when I built my tray, my wife and me had a shorter version of the handles you used here in mind, but then decided to go with a bit of a curve, as we felt it better complemented the horseshoe shape.

I definitely like your use of the mitered corners and keys. I think the keys are another “clean” line, as opposed to the pocketholes that I used.

A very “crisp” tray all around.

Again, my compliments to the chef!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#15 posted 1532 days ago

I like the handles too. Nice tray and good job, especially for just ‘tooling’ around one day. I hope your wife liked it!


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