Serving Tray (Wedding Gift)

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Project by Blake posted 09-04-2010 08:47 AM 14704 views 32 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am flying to L.A. in the morning for my old college roommate’s wedding. I have to admit this project was somewhat last minute. I knocked it out in an afternoon so I could layer on a few coats of wipe-on poly and wax before leaving.

The bottom is solid Birdseye Maple. I am not really sure what the wood is on the sides. One possibility, according to the book ”WOOD, Identification & Use,” it could be “Jacaranda Pardo,” or some kind of Rosewood. I am open for suggestions. The miter keys are maple.

This is the first time I’ve ever tried cutting compound miters for a case like this, which I’ve been wanting to try for a while. It took a few test cuts to get the joints to be tight but once I was set up it was easy. I left my saw in that position, so next time I get out to the shop I might make a few more of these. It was a fun project.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 09-04-2010 09:11 AM

Very nice Blake. It looks priceless.

-- Have a great day.

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#2 posted 09-04-2010 09:12 AM

Nice touch on the bottom.

-- Have a great day.

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#3 posted 09-04-2010 09:38 AM

Hey Blake,
Sweet tray…well done.

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#4 posted 09-04-2010 12:35 PM


A great project. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 09-04-2010 01:09 PM

Very nice miters. The tray came out great.
I’d be interested in a quick tutorial including angles, etc. – when you get back, of course!! ;-)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 09-04-2010 01:53 PM

I Like it. Good job on the angles. I hear ya, once you got it set up, it is shameful to break it down until you made some more.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 09-04-2010 01:58 PM

Looks great, very nice contrast in woods.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#8 posted 09-04-2010 01:59 PM

Very cool Blake! I too like what you did on the bottom. Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 09-04-2010 02:17 PM

Blake, that’s a wonderful job on that tray; it turned out great and will make a nice wedding present. Nice going!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 09-04-2010 02:42 PM

Blake, nice job. Do you think your college roommate (who I presume to have been the groom) will deliver breakfast to his new bride using your wonderful gift? That would be nice.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#11 posted 09-04-2010 04:09 PM

Beautiful tray, Blake!

The color combinations and proportions are perfect!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 09-04-2010 04:19 PM

Beautiful Tray! Just Beautiful!

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

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#13 posted 09-04-2010 04:27 PM

A very attractive piece, from the materials, to the compound miters, with keys.

I know some people tend to use one wood as the “showpiece”, and the other as the side act, but I think two showy woods works in this case.

I’ve species of rosewood that look like your tray frame, so you might be correct in your (educated) guess?

Well done Blake!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#14 posted 09-04-2010 05:54 PM

Beautiful, elegant tray Blake. Perfect wood combination…....( I think it is Bolivian Rosewood )
Your compound miters and splines are right on.
I am sure the new bride and groom will enjoy it for many years to come.

Do you have the dimensions and how thick is the bottom? The bottom is 2 pieces joined, right?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#15 posted 09-04-2010 06:52 PM

Very nice tray do you make the keys on the table saw?
Are they difficult to do?
Nice tray to serve his wife a breakfeast in bed lol.
great job

-- jim

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