Flower Tray

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Project by KnickKnack posted 1434 days ago 1744 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like making trays – I nearly have enough now for a basketball team!

Before my mother’s untimely death she was a fairly renowned Chinese Brush Painter, and she did a lot of experimentation – this example is on plywood rather than the traditional rice paper. I started with the idea of simply making a frame for it, but I think this is a better idea – it hangs on the wall, painting style, when not in use.
Whilst still working on the “floating base” idea I tried here to implement a simple design without my normal weird angles, and to work slowly and carefully and get it exactly right. Well, needless to say it isn’t perfect, but, for me, it really isn’t bad. I’m sure my mother would have been proud of it, but mothers are not the most unbiased of commentators, are they?
The hardest part was resawing (by hand – have no band saw etc etc) the single plank into the 6 required pieces – there’s probably more on the floor than is left in the finished piece. But no matter – it’s strong enough but not too heavy.

Oak, unknown plywood, varnish.


-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

12 comments so far

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1351 posts in 1637 days

#1 posted 1434 days ago

Thats a really nice looking tray.
It is a little different from the ‘normal’ trays. As well as being pretty it is functional.

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 1434 days ago

gorgeous! My next project will be a serving tray, and you’ve given me a lot of inspiration!

well done my friend, your mom would be very happy with the outcome i’m sure, biased or not ;)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#3 posted 1434 days ago

Very pretty tray. I am sure your mother would approve. Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 1434 days ago

I like the design, and what a great idea to display her work this way!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#5 posted 1433 days ago

wow this is beautiful. did you do the painting yourself then?

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#6 posted 1433 days ago

Very different, I like it. very cool design. well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 1433 days ago

Wow! Very Beutiful. I love the design and the painting.
Your mom would be proud.
Thanks for sharing.

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

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#8 posted 1433 days ago

That is one of the most beautiful trays I have ever seen.
I love the idea of a ‘floating’ center, and think you came up with a elegant design.
Thank’s for sharing this and the sweet story.

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

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#9 posted 1432 days ago

I think it looks great . The painting really makes it special .

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#10 posted 1431 days ago

great design compliments the hand painting, cant wait to see it in situ…

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#11 posted 1431 days ago

I like your tray designs. I am planning on stealing the idea


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#12 posted 1425 days ago

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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