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Serving Trays (Set of 3)

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Project by Aaron McCain posted 1322 days ago 1909 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have finally finished the last Christmas gift that needs to get shipped! I built three nesting serving trays following the plans and instructions in Wood Magazine. The surface is cork (as suggested in the plans) adhered to a 1/4-inch thick piece of hardboard. These are for my sister and her husband whose kitchen cabinets are a dark cherry. I didn’t have any dark cherry, so I decided to try staining some Oak. I used RustOleum’s product called Varathane Wood Stain – Black Cherry. I’m pretty pleased with the results and look forward to seeing if they match my sister’s kitchen. We finished the trays with three coats of polycrylic with a light sanding between coats. I found it interesting that we removed some color, espcially at the edges, while lightly sanding the first coat of polycrylic.



I say “we”, because I brought these inside after final sanding where my wife took over with the staining and finishing. It is fun to have her involved and she does a good job!





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lew

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#1 posted 1322 days ago

I really like the “splayed” sides/ends. It really adds class to your trays.

Lew

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

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Eric_S

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#2 posted 1322 days ago

Very nice serving trays. Like lew said, the angled sides are a nice touch.

“I found it interesting that we removed some color, espcially at the edges, while lightly sanding the first coat of polycrylic. ”
-I’m no pro but from the videos and articles I’ve seen they always say to avoid sanding near edges between coats because its very easy to remove a few layers of finish there.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Dennis_MGWW

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#3 posted 1322 days ago

Nicely done! Very elegant looking.

-- Dennis, http://www.maplegrovewoodworks.com/ http://twitter.com/#!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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MayflowerDescendant

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#4 posted 1322 days ago

Nice work. I’m sure your sister and husband will be pleased. What a team! Thanks for sharing and happy holidays.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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doninvegas

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#5 posted 1322 days ago

really nice. I’ve been wanting to make some of these myself. Do you have a templet to cut out the handle’s?
If so is it home made or did you but it some where? I have been looking for one.
Don

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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Aaron McCain

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#6 posted 1322 days ago

Don: I got the plans from the September 2005 of Wood Magazine. Here is a link for the plans. It is a pretty slick plan.

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Monty Queen

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#7 posted 1322 days ago

Awesome job on those trays, i like them a lot. What angles did you put on those trays? Superb work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Aaron McCain

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#8 posted 1319 days ago

Monty,
The ends are cut and rabbited at 30°

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tdv

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#9 posted 1309 days ago

Really nice trays I like the design, how did you join the corners Aaron?
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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