Serving Trays

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Project by blockhead posted 12-01-2010 04:31 AM 2080 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my first attempt at serving trays. I came across this blog and thought I would give it a try. Most of the wood came from my ever increasing bin of scraps. Originally, they were supposed to be cutting boards, then I decided I wanted them to be trivets. I changed my mind one last time and went for serving trays. I guess really, they’re more of a decorative food display sort of thing or something or another. At any rate, they’re Christmas presents and hopefully they will be well received.
These are made from Wenge, Oak, African Mahogany, Black Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Padauk, Jatoba and Cedar. These are sanded to 600, burnished with 0000 steel wool and then buffed with cheesecloth. The finish is Daly’s Kitchen Wood Treatment wax. I apologize for the quality of the photos. Thanks for taking the time to look and any comments/critiques welcome.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#1 posted 12-01-2010 04:37 AM

Nice looking tray.

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 04:57 AM

Cool design element on the Chevron pattern…BC

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 05:58 AM

Very nice, they will be loved by those who receive them

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 06:49 AM

Great designs and craftsmanship Brad. The wood combinations really work well. I like these a lot. No need to apologize for the photos… I think they came out great too. Good job all around.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 07:04 AM

These will be very nice gifts. Nice job!


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#6 posted 12-01-2010 09:23 AM

Good looking trays. I like how the wood pattern in the middle, makes a 3D effect..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 12-01-2010 10:39 AM

I think that these have a very native American influence.. I like them a lot.

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

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#8 posted 12-01-2010 12:03 PM

Wow, you’ve been busy Brad!! Three beautiful clocks… and now these wonderful serving trays!!
Great Work, my Friend!!

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

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#9 posted 12-01-2010 12:20 PM

Great boards love the handles and plugs gives it great interest. Well done.

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

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#10 posted 12-01-2010 01:50 PM

Brad, these are gorgeous and look like a nice way to handle those scraps that we can’t seem to be able to part with. I just hope you have not depleted your scrape pile because I don’t think you are going to be able to get by with only making two of these. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 12-01-2010 02:56 PM

Hey Brad, those look great.
I will second Larry’s comment about the influence.
That padauk is always a winner. Love it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 12-01-2010 03:06 PM

These are very unusual trays and I like them a lot.

-- 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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#13 posted 12-01-2010 03:23 PM

Thanks a lot LJ’s. I was thinking the same thing about the Native American look as they were starting to come together. I really didn’t have a “vision”, just started gluing up and using what I could from the scraps.

Scott- Not to worry, my scrap bin still runneth over. lol

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#14 posted 12-01-2010 03:47 PM

Wow, I like the pattern and the wood choices. This is great!

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#15 posted 12-01-2010 04:00 PM


Now I have a new project on my to do list. Hope its ok to copy these?
I love the 3D effect and the wonderful colors and patterns Brad, way to go!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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