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Project by Pacewoodworking posted 1190 days ago 1553 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every year I attempt to make my wife something special for Christmas. So with a family of 7 I decided to make her an extra large serving tray. It measure 15” wide by 24 1/2” long. It’s made of solid figured cherry and walnut. So it has some nice weight to it but handles it’s tasks very well. Movie nights with the kids got alot easier while trying to carry 7 bowls of popcorn to the basement. I recessed hangers on the bottom of it so while it’s not in use it can hang on the wall as a decoration.





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#1 posted 1190 days ago

Functional and decorative at the same time-nice work!

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#2 posted 1190 days ago

Nice job on the tray. Very attractive!!

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#3 posted 1189 days ago

I’m making a similar tray, using 2 dovetails at each corner just like yours. I just finished them last night and dry fitted the frame. I cut my dovetails by hand and have found that I’m not as flat as I would like. I’m not even sure why, to be honest. It seems like that should be governed by the squareness of the shoulders of the joints, which seem pretty good to me. I guess a small discrepancy can translate to a significant difference over the length of the tray.

Anyway, I’m wondering if you cut your dovetails by hand and if you had this problem. If so, how did you deal with it?

Also, I’m curious about how you put the bottom in. I would have expected it to float in grooves in the side to account for wood movement, since it seems you have used a solid bottom. But I can see the edge of the walnut.

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Pacewoodworking

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#4 posted 1189 days ago

Jsheaney, I cut my dovetails by hand as well. This was only my 3rd project with hand cut dovetails, so I am by no means experienced at it. You mentioned that yours aren’t as flat as you would like. Meaning they aren’t flush or are they gaps between the joints? Maybe a quick picture and I could help more. There are tricks as far as under cutting the joint and such you can try. The bottom is a floating panel, it is 3/4” and is actually a glue up. I didn’t have a wide enough piece of walnut for the bottom so I glued on the cherry to the side. There is a groove in the sides and the floating panel is rabbeted in place. I hope this helps and look forward to seeing your finished project.

Brian

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jsheaney

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#5 posted 1189 days ago

I mean that when I dry fit the frame, it rocks across one diagonal. The joints themselves look pretty good.

Is your bottom really 3/4”? That seems pretty thick. I was planning on 1/4”, but mine isn’t as large as yours. I’m also planning on using birch ply. I’m considering adding veneer.

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jsheaney

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#6 posted 1189 days ago

So I planed down the high corners and it is now flat. The pins are not perfectly equal on all four corners, but that hand crafted for you. :)

BTW, I really like your wood selection. That’s some beautiful wood there; both the cherry and the walnut.

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Pacewoodworking

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#7 posted 1189 days ago

That is the beauty of hand planes!

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#8 posted 917 days ago

Is all of the wood you used 3/4?

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#9 posted 917 days ago

Old post but still a very cool serving tray,nice very nice.

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