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Simple Valet Tray (Maple Root)

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Project by psully posted 09-21-2017 02:27 AM 728 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had access to a freshly cut maple tree stump (wish I could have had the whole tree) and salvaged part of the stump/root. Was able to mill some short pieces and loved the variation in the grain and overall color. Decided on a simple valet tray for glasses, phone, wallet, keys, and watch etc…. Added some walnut splines to the miters for strength and look – the dividers are simple dadoes. The front is angled and if I did it again I would increase the angle just a bit more. The bottom is some light colored ply I had from other projects. The finish is Danish oil (natural and medium walnut mixed together) – I wanted some pigment to try and highlight the grain pattern and color of the maple. I added one coat of hand rubbed poly for a little protection from keys and coins. This was a fun project and was a welcomed gift. The wood took a while to dry and stabilize, but it was worth the wait.





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#1 posted 09-21-2017 03:20 AM

I like it. What size did you make it?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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psully

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#2 posted 09-21-2017 04:11 PM

Thanks Larry. The size is 8.125 inches deep and 8.75 across the front. The section with the watch is 4.5×3. The height in back is 4 inches.

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#3 posted 09-21-2017 05:13 PM

Glad you showed that wood, it’s great that you went from a stump to a nicely styled tray!

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#4 posted 09-21-2017 10:06 PM

Beautiful wood, and you picked a good project to show it off. Can you be more specific about the drying time for the wood? Approximately how long is “a while”?

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 09-21-2017 11:24 PM

Nice little tray. The maple root wood is awesome. Good job!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#6 posted 09-22-2017 02:36 AM

Thanks Leafherder – dry time was almost 6 months, about a month outside and then a few more months inside (in sections cut on the band saw). I cut the pieces to 3/8 width (the picture) about 2 months before starting the project.

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#7 posted 09-22-2017 05:18 PM

Really nice looking job. I like cutting up the odd shaped pieces too. You never know what you’ll find inside.

Leafherder: Figure about a year per inch of thickness for drying as a safe rule of thumb. Denser woods take longer.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick

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