Serving Tray

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Project by Lar posted 1126 days ago 1492 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a leather ottoman, about 22” x 47”, which is a companion piece to our leather sectional. It is very comfortable to rest the weary legs on, but alas, does not function so well to rest guests’ drinks upon. So, the need for a serving tray that could both stand on its own on the kitchen island plus straddle the ottoman became apparent. The top was transformed from a previous life. It is made from Philipine Mahogany and Purpleheart, and was originally of larger width as a top to a revolving LP record storage unit I made in 1977. The Purpleheart sides are new, and the top is enjoying its new life, seeing that the LP’s went bye bye.

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#1 posted 1126 days ago

Very nice! I like the wood/color combinations as well as its versatility on the counter or straddling the ottoman. Nicely designed and crafted.

-- jbschutz

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#2 posted 1126 days ago

Thanks. It is a definite improvement in support of your wine glasses than the factory leather….....then again, if my feet have their say, the tray stays in the kitchen!

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#3 posted 1126 days ago

Wow! I love the design of this piece. Very creative AND functional!!! The wood is awesome too!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#4 posted 1126 days ago

I like the multi-functionality of the piece, as well as the way you’ve repurposed the top, making something old, new again. Excellent idea as an ottoman tray!

-- 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 1126 days ago

Thanks for the comments. I still have a photo somewhere from back in 1977 when the wood was four boards about 40” long stacked against a wall. To think they have gone through two generations of usefulness now makes me happy. It was like with the death of LP’s the table was injured, had surgery, and is able to live a productive life moving forward, haha.

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#6 posted 1126 days ago

Very nice tray.
your design is unique.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 1126 days ago

Great job! Almost to nice to set things on. Enjoy!

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

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#8 posted 1126 days ago

Lar, What a beautiful yet functional tray, just made to fit.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 764 days ago

Super nice inlays, and wood combos. Good luck with the contest.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 748 days ago

Congratulations on a job well done.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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