Serving Tray

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Project by HorstPeter posted 08-30-2010 07:06 PM 2130 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Serving tray made from european walnut leftovers from the cabinet I posted earlier. The tray’s panel is veneered with wenge and alder. Finish is walnut oil, although the backside has shellac on it, since I used it to test pore filling with shellac and pumice. Put together and veneered with hide glue. Handle has wedged through tenons as you can see. Which even though hard to make perfect, is now one of my favorite joints, as it also gives me more trust in the joint itself than only glueing would. Especially since the applied forces when carrying the tray go the same direction the tenon goes into the mortise.

Owned also by my best friend, who had me quickly finish it in a night he was over for a visit and wanted to take it along with him right away.

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#1 posted 08-30-2010 07:54 PM

I like it. Nice work.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#2 posted 08-30-2010 07:57 PM

Beautiful tray with great joinery, your friend should be very happy with this.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#3 posted 08-30-2010 09:52 PM

What a great tray! I like the picture of the parts; not yet assembled. Nice reminder of the work that went into the individual pcs.

-- GX

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#4 posted 08-30-2010 10:29 PM

Incredibly detailed joinery… love M and T

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 08-31-2010 01:19 AM

Really nice! Great pics also on joinery!
Thanks for sharing.

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

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#6 posted 08-31-2010 01:23 AM

nice piece of work,really sharp

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#7 posted 08-31-2010 06:49 AM

nice looking project… great lines and simple design elements…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#8 posted 08-31-2010 07:00 AM

Excellent use of leftover materials!

Great looking project.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 08-31-2010 11:07 AM

Great tray and the M & T’s are perfect! Love the shavings in the backround nice touch!

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

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