Herringbone Serving Tray

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Project by lew posted 10-20-2010 05:53 PM 2777 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here is the first of 9 Christmas presents.

Mimi saw one of these at the Harrisburg Woodcraft store and said what lovely presents they would make for ALL our friends and relatives. Mimi is nurse, not a woodworker. We do have more then 9 friends and relatives but SORRY- some of you are getting turned pens!

Anyway, this project came from the Woodcraft Magazine (Oct/Nov 2008). I took some liberties with the design/construction. My strips, making up the herringbone, are a little more narrow. Originally my plan was to connect the sides of the tray with hand cut dovetails. That is not working so well. The walnut is very brittle and it is splintering when trying to assemble the perimeter. Haven’t completely given up but with limited time between now and Christmas, I will probably go with the design from the magazine.

The herringbone bottom is made from Maple, Walnut and Cherry. The sides/ends are Walnut. Finished with 3 coats of gloss Poly.

As always comments, suggestions and criticisms are always welcome.

Thanks for looking!


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

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 06:21 PM

I always like the look of Maple, Cherry & Walnut together and this is no exception. Great looking serving tray.

-- Matt -

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#2 posted 10-20-2010 06:21 PM

You must really like these people, Lew!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-20-2010 06:27 PM

Wow, that is a beautiful tray and you did a great job on it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 10-20-2010 07:17 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Joe Weaver

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#5 posted 10-20-2010 07:43 PM

that’s a great looking tray

-- Joe, Ga

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#6 posted 10-20-2010 07:47 PM

My favortie woods.

Very nice Lew. I like it. Good for you for planning ahead.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 10-20-2010 08:23 PM

Excellent job on this project : )
I sense some of your friends and relatives might become jealous if they only receive pens …LOL

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

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#8 posted 10-20-2010 10:08 PM

I just love the ZigZag pattern .. I need to go back and make a few of these.

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

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#9 posted 10-21-2010 12:25 AM

Very nice Lew, I have just started taking up veneering and it’s a lot of fun. It opens up a lot of new door for woodworking. Keep them comin.


-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#10 posted 10-21-2010 01:01 AM

Very nice work. The herringbone really adds to the overall design.
Love it!!

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

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#11 posted 10-21-2010 01:32 AM

Great job with aligning the strips, both cutting and gluing. I have done a few of these and yours looks good.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#12 posted 10-21-2010 02:58 AM

Gorgeous design, nice selection of wood species and you did a super job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 10-21-2010 03:14 AM

That looks great Lew, as usual, you have a good eye and artistic sense…........they will be great gifts…....


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 10-21-2010 03:12 PM

Thats a beautiful tray.

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#15 posted 10-22-2010 03:31 AM

really nice!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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