Tiger Maple Serving Tray

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Project by pdanielson posted 12-29-2011 05:54 AM 5727 views 9 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is my first post, so if there is anything I screwed up, feel free to let me know. I built this serving tray from my own plans, very loosely modeled off of another serving tray my parents had. It was a Christmas present for my sister. To make the end pattens, I designed them in Autodesk Inventor, then printed them out. I used a really nice piece of tiger maple, and chose to just use a simple oil finish to bring out the grain of the wood. This was my first real project from my own plans, and it had its set of challenges. Being a 16 year old woodworker can be a pain, with school always getting in the way of my projects! If anyone is interested in more details, I can post them in the comments!

-- Paul, Age 17, New York

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 06:27 AM

Hi Paul Welcome to Ljs
This is a wonderful wonderful tray. It is great to see someone your age do such great work. I know you will make even greater projects in the future. Don’t under estimate the value of school,the older you get the more important everything you learn in school will be. keep up the great work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 07:44 AM

That looks real nice. There’s sure a lot of depth to tiger maple and you brought it out very well.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#3 posted 12-29-2011 12:16 PM

First off welcome to Lumberjocks! You will ove this site and make some life long friends.

This is a great project and to pull off the angles and have them so tight is impressive. I watched Tommy McDonald (aka) T-mac make one like this on his show a while back.

I still keep in contact with my Advanced Woodworking High School Teacher I had for 3 yrs. I send him Pics of projects I make to show him my progress from the foundation he taught me many yrs ago. Like mentioned above school is,” Very Important!” The better career you have to more tools you can buy! { simple terms :>)” }

Keep up the great work, I’ll put you on my buddy list so I can watch all your posts.

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

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 05:52 AM

A great looking tray!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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