Knotty Alder Serving Tray

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Project by crashman posted 11-29-2017 07:00 PM 569 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello. I am kind of in the serving tray mode right now so thought I should do some posting. I made this tray for my friend the sign shop who helps with some of the graphic arts for my projects. She mentioned they had bought his grandfathers house & were doing a total remodel, with Knotty Alder kitchen cabinets. Soooooo I went to the cabinet shop & bought enough leftovers to make this Knotty Alder tray. It is roughly 21" long by 13" wide by 1 1/2" inches deep. Another friend the Trophy shop lazered in her last name ( yes it is Green ) I then mixed in some green automotive tinting color & mica pearl metallic with my epoxy and applied it to the lazered area, then used the drum sander to smooth it all down. (this was done before the handles & sides were installed. The finish is Min-Wax Satin Polyurethane from the rattle can, I think about 4 coats with some sanding & steel wool in between coats. It was well received. Thanks for lookin….........................Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#1 posted 11-29-2017 08:27 PM

Simply beautiful design. Who would tell that straight lines could be so awesome.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 11-29-2017 09:01 PM

Another great build, Jack. Love seeing those trays!

-- PaulMayer,

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#3 posted 11-29-2017 10:25 PM

Great work. Love your beautiful inlay.

-- James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 11-30-2017 02:22 AM

Very thoughtful gift. Looks great and so nice to have personalized it.

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#5 posted 11-30-2017 12:44 PM

a very beautiful gift for friends, especially when all the entire story and connection is brought forth! They are luck to have talented friends like you.
Ken Case

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#6 posted 11-30-2017 01:14 PM

This is a beautiful tray and the engraving looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 11-30-2017 05:30 PM

very cool tray … love it

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#8 posted 12-01-2017 01:52 AM

THANKS For all the kind comments, and also the Daily Top Three…................Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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