Simple Wenge Serving Tray

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Project by ellen35 posted 05-06-2011 05:18 AM 3172 views 4 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tray is something I have been thinking about for some time. I really wanted to see what a dark, simple, contemporary tray might look like and this is my conception of it. It is made of bookmarked wenge as you can see from the pictures and is finished in 3 coats of wipe on poly. The handles are brushed nickel. I have some felt on the back that is not visible (obviously!) I particularly like the simplicity of the design and the way the wood lends itself to it.
Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 05:24 AM


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#2 posted 05-06-2011 05:41 AM

beautiful tray ellen

very clean and functional


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#3 posted 05-06-2011 05:48 AM

Simple/ Maybe in concept, but that is very nice. Maybe someday I will find some Wenge that is within my budget.

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

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#4 posted 05-06-2011 05:49 AM

Very nice Ellen – the Wenge is very elegant…..good call.


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#5 posted 05-06-2011 06:27 AM

Helen, you wanted a dark, simple, contemporary tray, and you got it.
On top is beautiful and elegant

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#6 posted 05-06-2011 06:57 AM

Another winning piece Ellen!
That wood is spectacular!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#7 posted 05-06-2011 07:07 AM

I’ve been thinking about making a tray almost exactly like that. I like the clean, understated appearance.

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#8 posted 05-06-2011 07:47 AM

Awesome job on your serving tray looks very elegant. Superb craftsmanship.

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#9 posted 05-06-2011 08:45 AM


You’ve done it again. I like the elegance, understatement, and fuctionality of your tray. Bravo!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#10 posted 05-06-2011 08:56 AM

Nice job Ellen real contemporary look

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

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#11 posted 05-06-2011 09:08 AM

Hi Ellen, the tray is perfectly beautiful. You are very talented my friend, this is definitely another winner.

Thanks for sharing your work Ellen.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#12 posted 05-06-2011 09:10 AM

LOve it. Wenge is one of my favs, but splintery it is, right?!

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#13 posted 05-06-2011 10:19 AM

Nicely done Ellen. Mission accomplished! This is a beautiful piece. Nice job on the bookmatching.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 05-06-2011 10:57 AM

Ellen great job! Really shows off the wood and forces to to concentrate on its beauty!

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

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#15 posted 05-06-2011 12:47 PM

Nice Ellen, That bookmatched wood reminds me of guitar backs. Beautiful job.

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