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Project by SnowyRiver posted 12-10-2011 03:07 AM 4212 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the latest Christmas gifts. I decided to make serving trays. I built six of them from white oak.
They measure about 12 inches wide, 18 1/2 inches long, and 4 inches high. I used wrought nails on the ends and cut nails on the bottom.

The finish is Liberon Black Bison paste wax in tudor oak color.

I plan to fill them with wine, cheese, crackers, and nuts.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN





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gfadvm

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 04:16 AM

Cool but thinking about the compound angle cuts is giving me a headache! I never heard of that wax. That’s the only finish used on these? Sounds quick and easy?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 05:21 AM

Great project and the finish looks perfect for this use : )
Happy Holidays !!

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#3 posted 12-10-2011 06:19 AM

Yes, the wax is the only finish I used. Actually there is a bit of a story about it. I had never used the wax before so thought it would be fun to try. The wax can says to rub in the wax, remove excess, and let it set for a minimum of 20 minutes then buff it off. Well I put it on, let it set for 20 to 30 minutes, and when I tried to buff it, it wouldnt buff off. I wondered if the coarse grain of the oak made it more difficult.

I ended up using a rag dampened with mineral spirits to buff it and get a smooth finish. It actually turned out very nice and has a very old look to it so in the end it worked fine, but I am not sure I would try that again. Also the wax has a very putrid odor to it so you need some ventilation.

The wax is available at Rockler.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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SnowyRiver

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#4 posted 12-10-2011 06:22 AM

Yes, the wax is the only finish I used. Actually there is a bit of a story about it. I had never used the wax before so thought it would be fun to try. The wax can says to rub in the wax, remove excess, and let it set for a minimum of 20 minutes then buff it off. Well I put it on, let it set for 20 to 30 minutes, and when I tried to buff it, it wouldnt buff off. I wondered if the coarse grain of the oak made it more difficult.

I ended up using a rag dampened with mineral spirits to buff it and get a smooth finish. It actually turned out very nice and has a very old look to it so in the end it worked fine, but I am not sure I would try that again. Also the wax has a very putrid odor to it so you need some ventilation.

The wax is available at Rockler.

The plan for the tray came from Rough Cut. I made a few minor changes, but its basically Tommy Mac’s plan.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 12-10-2011 10:45 AM

Very nice trays and very goog idea

Congratulations!!

-- Ramonet

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#6 posted 12-10-2011 01:28 PM

These look great, Wayne. Nice work as always!

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#7 posted 12-10-2011 04:18 PM

Some lucky folks will be happy with one of these under their tree ! impressive !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#8 posted 12-10-2011 05:21 PM

Those are great looking Wayne. I like the height of the sides – it looks like they will hold plenty of wine, cheese, crackers, and nuts!

-- β€œIt was they who were wrong, and for them here's a song.” ― I. Anderson

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#9 posted 12-10-2011 11:05 PM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone. Merry Christmas to all of you.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 12-11-2011 01:23 AM

Wayne,

Stellar job on the serving trays…. I like the compound cuts at the corners, too….Good story on the finish.
Those will hold a bunch of “goodies” for your family and friends…..wine, cheese, crackers…..sounds like an Italian “munching”.....lol. I’ve never heard of that finish either…..do you think it’s made from a real buffalo?..

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#11 posted 12-11-2011 01:44 AM

Great job Wayne & what a great gift for your friends, well done I know they will be well recieved :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 12-11-2011 01:58 AM

Nice Job Wayne a cool design ,looks super.

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#13 posted 12-16-2011 12:04 AM

Thanks guys…I always enjoy building xmas gifts…something that doesnt take months to do LOL. Hey Rick,
I dont know if the wax came from a real buffalo, but it kind of smelled like it did…ha ha ha.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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