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Curly Maple, Walnut and Pink Lyptus Floating Serving Tray/Cheese Board/Hors Dourves Tray

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Project by Jonathan posted 1411 days ago 3358 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a serving tray I made for my wife. It is made up of curly/tiger maple, walnut and pink lyptus. It has a food-safe finish of Salad Bowl Finish and a mineral oil/beeswax topcoat. I used 4-walnut dowels to raise it slightly off whatever surface it is set on and routered handles into the sides to slip your fingers into, allowing just enough room so you don’t bang your fingers trying to pick it up. It was made with the intent of being used as a serving tray, or cheese tray, or hors dourves tray… not a cutting board!

Tray Details:
Length: 15-7/8”
Width: 14-1/8”
Curly Maple Width: 2-1/8”, times 4-pieces = 8-1/2”
Pink Lyptus Width: 4-1/2”
Walnut Width: 9/16”, times 2-pieces = 1-1/8”
Overall Height: 1-1/4”
Thickness of Wood: 3/4”
Height from surface to bottom of tray: 1/2”
Handles: 4” long, 1-7/32” wide, 11/64” deep (same depth as coved edge)
Dowel Legs: 3/4”-width walnut, 15/32” tall
Wood Species: Curly/Tiger Maple, Walnut, Pink Lyptus, Cork Pads on Feet
Glue Used: Titebond III
Finish Used: 6-7 coats General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish, first few coats thinned heavily with mineral spirits to get deeper penetration into the wood, followed by a couple of coats of George’s Club House Wax (mineral oil and beeswax) hand-rubbed.

Once the tray was glued-up and leveled-out, I handsanded to 220-grit, then used a cove bit in the router to freehand a cove along the underside of the tray. I have never routered handles into a tray before, so it took a little experimenting. I went slowly, figuring I could always take a little more out, but couldn’t put it back. I routered the handles the exact same depth as the cove so that the lines of the tray were fluid. I didn’t want to have a nice edge going all the way around the piece, only to be interrupted by a different depth for the handles. I just didn’t think it would look as polished and congruent. After that, I drilled the holes for the walnut dowels and inset those with Titebond III. They’re recessed about 3/8”, if I remember correctly.

New tools/techniques/methods used on this project: Being the first time I routered handles into anything, I had to figure out how to setup stops for the handle width. I ended up using my K-style clamps to both hold the piece to the work table, as well as for stops for the router. I also used my router edge guide for the first time as well in making the handles.

Things I’d do differently: I got a bit of dust or lint in the first coat or two of SBF, but didn’t realize it until I had probably 6-coats of finish on it. I’d be more careful in the application of the finish next time, as I had to go back and buff it quite a bit with 0000 steel wool to smooth it out before I hand-rubbed the George’s Club House Wax (mineral oil and beeswax combo.) onto all sides of the board.

Things I’d do the same: I especially like how the handles turned out, being the same depth as the coved edge. I think that detail really helps the handles blend in, rather than being something that catches your eye. Afterall, the handles are a functional detail of the piece, rather than an aesthetic one, at least, on this piece.

-- 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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Ken90712

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#1 posted 1411 days ago

Nice buils on the tray! I’m sure she will love it. Like the wood choice!

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

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degoose

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#2 posted 1411 days ago

So simple… so elegant… so nicely constructed.. and documented.

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ocwoodworker

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#3 posted 1411 days ago

Wow! Love it. Did you give any consideration to grain direction to allow for bowing and expanding and contraction?

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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Jonathan

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#4 posted 1411 days ago

Ken, thank you, and yes, she loves it.

Larry, a complement from you is certainly appreciated. Thank you.

Kevin, all of the grain is running lengthwise, if that’s what you’re asking.

-- 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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wseand

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#5 posted 1411 days ago

Ah very nice. Clean lines and very nice wood choices. Great looking piece

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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Dusty56

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#6 posted 1335 days ago

Gorgeous board ….I just might have to “borrow” your design soon : )
The handle routing and feet are unique : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Jonathan

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#7 posted 1335 days ago

Dusty,

Borrow away! Glad you like it enough to consider doing something similar.

I’ll probably be making another one of these, just with a different wood combination/glue-up pattern for one of the Christmas gifts I still have to make. I’ll be using the walnut dowel again for the legs, as I have plenty of it left over from this tray here.

-- 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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Dusty56

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#8 posted 1334 days ago

Thank you…I’m going to have to start putting a “harder” finish on my boards.
Mineral oil looks nice when it is fresh , but….not as nice as a real finish.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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