|Project by Jonathan||posted 07-30-2010 12:58 AM||2230 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
I made this serving tray/drink tray for a fundraiser that we are having tonight for my wife, Lisa. She will be walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure, in San Diego, in the middle of November. It is a 3-day walk that spans 60-miles (20-miles/day).
She has participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in one facet or another since 1999. If you’d like to read the story of why she is doing this, please go here (this is an older photo, but she is the one in the pink t-shirt):
Each participant is responsible for raising $2300, minimum, in order to participate in the 3-Day Walk for the Cure. So this tray was made to help garner some donations. I have also made several other projects for this fundraiser, and began blogging about them here: http://lumberjocks.com/JonathanG/blog/16300
Wood Species: Curly/Tiger Maple, Walnut, Pink Lyptus (all started out as 4/4)
Joinery: Titebond III and lots of clamps
Hardware: Metal handles from Lowes that are 9-7/8” long drawer pulls, with the holes being 7-1/2” apart from screw holes predrilled 7/8” in from the side, 3/8” countersink holes drilled to sink screw tops. I also added 3/4” self-adhesive cork dots/feet from Rockler to the bottom corners to cover up the screws and to provide bumpers for the bottom of the tray. I thought about glueing them on, but decided against it, reasoning that it’d be really difficult to get them off if you ever needed to tighten one of the handles.
Finish: 5-coats of Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish (First 4-coats were handrubbed, with the last coat being brushed on rather thickly. Buffed with a brown paper bag in between each coat).
Overall Dimensions: 11-3/4”deep, 16-3/16” wide, 25/32” final thickness
Individual Wood Dimensions: Curly maple: 4-3/16” (times 2-boards), Walnut: 1-9/32” (times 2-boards), Pink Lyptus: 5-1/4” wide (center board).
Tools Used: tablesaw, drill press, router, cove bit, roundover bit, forstner bit, drum sander, clamps, handsanded up to 220-grit
New things to me on this project:
Waterlox. I had not used this finish before this project. I think I’m going to experiment with this a bit more. It does produce a very nice finish. I think with a bit more use of this product and maybe a little deeper topcoat, it’ll look like a pane of glass on top of the wood. I handrubbed the first 4-coats and it seemed like it was going to take another 4-coats to really start building some depth. So on the 5th-coat, I really loaded it on with a sponge brush. It leveled itself out nicely!
Pink Lyptus. I glued-up several things all within a day or two that had pink lyptus in them. This wood is a bit finicky at the edges and does tend to splinter out. You have to be very careful in general. I noticed that when sanding and edge of this stuff, start on the long, flat face grain, then go towards the edge. Don’t go from the edge inward, or it will more than likely splinter on you (more than I’ve experienced with any other wood)!
I typed up a little informational sheet that I’ll be giving to the recipient of this tray, as well as the other items that I made for the fundraiser. The informational sheet includes the woods used, the finish applied, and care instructions for the item.
I’ll post back after the fundraiser takes place and let everybody know how it went.
-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."