|Project by HillbillyShooter||posted 02-15-2012 09:50 PM||3592 views||10 times favorited||9 comments|
These cherry serving trays are straight from a design by Norm Abrams, and an item my wife picked out as our signature gift for family members when they get married. I took the basic pattern and fabricated jigs for routing the parts and the inlays for the brass. The brass is fabricated from 1/16” sheet stock and proved to be a far greater challenge than any of the actual woodwork, which is all done in cherry. I found that after buffing polished the brass, it was necessary to clean it with lacquer thinner first and then again with acetone. I finished the brass with a spray coat of lacquer (from a spray can). The cherry wood is finished with MinWax polyurethane and Howard’s paste wax (really like that Howard’s and learned about it here on LJ). The first three photos are of the tray I just finished and shipped to my wife’s Goddaughter. The fourth picture is the first tray I made and that we gave to a cousin last summer.
-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington