It\'s a ... ... tray!

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Project by KnickKnack posted 02-27-2011 09:17 PM 1798 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was 5 weeks making this tray – which is something of a record for me.
It wasn’t so much the tray that was the problem – that was done in a few days – it was the handles. I made handles, and they just weren’t right. So I thought about it some more, and made some new handles. This I repeated for 4 sets of handles before I gave up and bought the metal ones that you see. They were what was in my mind when I first designed the thing anyway, so I’m not sure why I kept trying the wood versions.

Anyway – I was given this lurverly piece of wood by some friends (waves to flo & yaz). It sat covered in stone age varnish for a year, then I learnt how to scrape and I gave it a go and found this underneath. Conventional wisdom has it that it’s some species of Eucalyptus.
So, what to make with it?
I pondered this for about a year (please bear in mind that I live in Portugal – I can’t just go down the local shops and buy exotic wood, in fact, come to think of it, I can’t go anywhere to buy exotic woods). It doesn’t look like a design that took a year to come up with though, does it!
I tried really hard on this one, and it didn’t, I think, come out too badly. Any credit should really go to the wood spirits rather than me.

Eucalyptus and birch plywood. Muchos coats of oil/varnish/thinner.

Criticisms, thoughts, comments, jokes, etc – welcome.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 12:31 AM

Looks Great, your right those handles were made for that.

-- Don, northern Maine

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 02:55 AM

tray without draws, still in love with the last project, may have to steal it when your not looking, in fact on further consderation i really dont think it really matches your decor!!! in fact i think you should expand your draw making skills and make a nice console table with dare i say it…2 draws.

The possible furniture bandits!

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 03:50 AM

I like it a lot. I like how streamlined it is, and how it shows off the wood really well.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 12:22 PM

nice job, you always like it a little (or alot) better when you finish a project of your own design. Way to go.

-- Whoever dies with most toys (tools) wins

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#5 posted 02-28-2011 05:02 PM

I like trays and I like this one a lot. Nice style, which should be copied and I may just do that. Thanks for sharing!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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