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Serving Trays - a couple of month's work - I work slowly!!

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Project by ellen35 posted 10-13-2010 11:03 PM 2451 views 15 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I made 2 serving trays, one as a gift and one to sell. Well, the gift generated an order for 4 more for Christmas and the one for sale was the first item that sold at a small crafts fair in Woods Hole MA this summer. So I decided to make the 4 + a few more – 6 to be exact – for the Artisan’s Fair in November. There are a variety of woods including some very nice cherry, wenge, lots of purpleheart, some hickory (or pecan for those whose taste necessitates high falutin’ woods!), maple and walnut. Some are very special and sentimental ones and were made with 100 year old reclaimed mahogany given to me by one of my dearest friends. This stuff came out of a 90 yr old house and she had it squirreled away for 15 years. The stuff is absolutely beautiful! I used some padauk with it for contrast. There is also one that has the most beautiful strip of figured maple I have ever seen… it virtually shimmers. I tried to do something a little different with the handles – some store bought, most hand made by me.
All trays were finished in 2 coats of danish oil, 2 coats of wipe on poly and all the wax I could get on them!!! I think I have this particular item out of my system for the near future… unless they sell like hotcakes and I get more orders!

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





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degoose

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#1 posted 10-13-2010 11:06 PM

The mistress of the tray… I salute you.. well executed and The Designs really pop.

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

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#2 posted 10-13-2010 11:14 PM

Great work Ellen!

Glad to hear that one tray has led to many.

That certainly is a beautiful strip of curly maple. It looks like you dyed it, yes? Would you mind telling us what you used on it? I have a fair amount of curly maple that I’m wanting to start experimenting on with dyes, etc. as I’d like to get it to pop even more. Any info. on what you did here would be appreciated.

I like the variety of the trays you’ve constructed 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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moonls

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#3 posted 10-13-2010 11:23 PM

Wow, the trays were very nicely displayed! My favorite is still the one with the dark curly maple strip! Congrats on another fine project finished!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#4 posted 10-13-2010 11:44 PM

say ellen these are just fantastic…your touch sure does show, as you do a wonderful job on these…great woods and fantastic finish, they all have a wonderful shine…good job on these…they might have gone from your system to mine…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 10-13-2010 11:44 PM

WOW Ellen, I can’t make up my mind which one is prettiest!
If those don’t sell like hot cakes, nothing will !
Between you & Larry, both sides of the globe have expert board makers!
Bravo!

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#6 posted 10-13-2010 11:46 PM

Great woods.

Great story behind the woods.

Great pun that you’re selling them at Woods Hole. Pretty town, too ! Was there over the 4th of July weekend … you know … sweating :-)

Really beautiful work. Methinks … you WILL wind up making more of these :-)

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 10-14-2010 12:28 AM

Great work Ellen.
Hope they sell well.

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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#8 posted 10-14-2010 12:41 AM

Beautiful trays.

The choices and combination of wood are outstanding.

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#9 posted 10-14-2010 12:50 AM

They’re all beauties , but I really like the tray with the three stripes of Paduak on one side and I believe Walnut and Padauk on the other side …also , that shimmering Maple is a great addition to that tray as well : )
These (or their cousins) would be nice to see at the Woodworking show in January !
Have a great day , Ellen
Len

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

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SPalm

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#10 posted 10-14-2010 01:02 AM

Great trays.
I love the stories behind the wood. We must be weird here.

Very nice work,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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patron

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#11 posted 10-14-2010 01:09 AM

great work ellen

these are very special

the one with the padauk talked to me

it said

take me , i’m yours ! lol

so if it doesn’t sell

i’ll come and get it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Skylark53

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#12 posted 10-14-2010 01:45 AM

Gorgeous. Great styles and colors. Its really good to have such a nice selection and they all look SUPER!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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dustbunny

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#13 posted 10-14-2010 02:02 AM

These looked great when I saw them without a finish.
The finish sure makes them even more beautiful !!
Good luck at the Artisans Fair, though you won’t need luck….
you’ve got talent : )

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#14 posted 10-14-2010 10:32 AM

Nice Work, Ellen!!
I have a hunch you’ll need to be making more of these though… That’s not that bad of a thing, is it??
Like Autumn, I’m partial to your own design for the handles…
Good Luck at the Fair!! Here’s hoping you’ve got nothing to lug home… except piles of $$$$!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 10-14-2010 10:48 AM

Beautiful Trays, well worth the time & effort.
jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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