Serving Trays and Cutting board

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Project by ytsejamr posted 06-27-2011 05:58 PM 1940 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I was busy making a vanity for my sister when wife asks me if I can make some serving trays and cutting boards. One tray is for a wedding gift, and the cutting board and other tray were for a United Way auction that she was having at work. I needed to have those done in 2 weeks. Yikes! Time to get to work.

So I went through my scraps, grabbed a few new boards, took a day off of work and went to town.

If you’ve never seen the cutting board design before, you shouldn’t be allowed to be on the internet and claim to be a woodworker. Cough cough

For the one serving tray, I found some scrap maple and a few exotics (zebra wood and chen chen). The dovetails are hand cut . . . probably the worst hand cut dovetails I’ve ever done. Way too many spaces. I’m almost embarrassed to let it out of my sight, but the deadline was too close and I didn’t have time to redo everything. Yay epoxy and sawdust! Overall, I’m not really happy with it at all. The zebra wood has a bunch of tear out that I just couldn’t sand enough, so I just left it. I guess I’m just glad I don’t have to look at this tray.

The other tray I made was similar (maple, goncala alves and kingwood). These were probably some of the best dovetails I’ve done, all 4 corners. Only small issue was that they were a touch too tight and split some of the tails. So the last name of the couple it’s going to starts with a C. So they, of course get an inlaid “inverted” C.

The gifts were much appreciated, which is always nice.


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#1 posted 06-27-2011 06:15 PM

Nice. I really like the “C” tray.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-27-2011 07:21 PM

They’re all really nice : )
The split dovetail must have been a major disappointment after all of the hard work.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 06-27-2011 09:03 PM

The C tray gets my vote … the others are good too.. but I do like the inlaid C…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 06-28-2011 12:07 AM

I agree with Charlie and Larry in casting my vote for the C tray as the winner. The inlaid C is a classy touch!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 06-28-2011 02:54 PM

Another vote for “C”. Excellent work!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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