Starburst Serving Tray

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-10-2010 02:35 AM 1899 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a serving tray that I was commissioned to make for a customer. It is walnut and maple with 12 segments inside a 4 segment ring. It just fit in my lathe. Finish is Mylands friction polish followed by Deft gloss lacquer and scuff wax with Butcher’s wax. I was glad I bought that 12” digital caliper at Harbor Freight for the fitting of the two pieces..

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 08-10-2010 02:49 AM

Nice tray very nice…....................................Schloemoe

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

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#2 posted 08-10-2010 03:07 AM


That is a very beautiful tray, the customer should be very happy with this. Great Job,

Thanks for sharing!
Chuck aka ‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 03:13 AM

Jim that is very cool! Looks great.
Your projects are always so beautiful, Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 08-10-2010 03:46 AM

AWESOME! This is really a nice pattern. You should be proud!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#5 posted 08-10-2010 07:06 AM

Hi Jim,
Very nice. How many hours do have in it?
Hope you client appreciates all the work that goes into something like this.
Great idea. I’ll have to show it to my buddy who’s a turner.

Thanks for posting

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#6 posted 08-10-2010 07:22 AM

This is just the coolest….

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

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#7 posted 08-10-2010 10:37 AM

Hi Jim,
That’s really a nice work you have done there.
You will have one happy cutomer there.
Best thoughts my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 08-10-2010 01:01 PM

Looks great.
Functional too.
Thanks for sharing

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#9 posted 08-10-2010 01:06 PM

That is so beautiful Jim. You make it look so easy.

Thanks for sharing Jim.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#10 posted 08-10-2010 03:19 PM

Looks like a professional made it Jim. Looks even better with the finish

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#11 posted 08-10-2010 03:32 PM

I made a segmented dressing stool for my closet redo. (Earlier posting). Yours came out prettier!

Jim, I really like this piece. The color contrast and execution is first rate. Your client should be tickled.


-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#12 posted 08-10-2010 03:55 PM

great looking tray

-- Joe, Ga

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 08-10-2010 05:25 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments.
Rimfire, it took about 12 hrs not including waiting for the glue to dry. I always seem to make mistakes and this is no exception. If you look at the halves of the center, I had put the last piece on the wrong side. I had to run it through the planer to get a good flat side on the front and then flip it over to glue it together. I remembered I had to do that but did the opposite. I must be dyslectic! I’m getting to be good at rescuing a project from things like that!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 08-11-2010 04:41 AM

Looks great , real good workminship

-- wchips

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#15 posted 08-11-2010 11:25 PM

Darn nice job, Jim. Looks like you got a perfect fit and glue up on all the pieces. That great finish really makes it glow. I’ll bet they are really happy with it.

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