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Butler Tray Made from Bloodwood

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Project by Margerydb1 posted 894 days ago 1866 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a custom order, The customer calls it a butler tray and wanted it to be 20×30x34 high. This is a very versital item. Can be used as a writing desk, a mimi bar, a table, etc. It can be moved and stored easy as the legs fold close like a tv tray. I put a small lip along the front edge to keep items from rolling off. I glued up 3 boards together (matching the grain pattern so you wouldn’t know they were 3 different pieces of wood). The customer didn’t want a rod across the center of the legs so I replaced it with a solid piece of wood along the bottom and two bolts centered from the top, so the legs would open and close. I sanded it to 400 grit and then finished with danish oil. To make this I used a tablesaw, jig saw, router, and a sander, It was a fun project and I am now working on making it in different sizes out of different wood types. I can see this as a longer piece for parties where it could back up against a wall or kitchen island with matching stools. This is a heavy piece. I think it would make an amazing item to anyones home. I also want to play with some simple inlays for a different look. Please let me know what you think.

-- Margery





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ed220

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#1 posted 894 days ago

Cool little table. Nice construction. Good job !!

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Margerydb1

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#2 posted 894 days ago

Thank you

-- Margery

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Box

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#3 posted 894 days ago

Very nice table and great wood choice. I really like bloodwood.
As you mentioned, it would be interesting to see a larger version of this.

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Margerydb1

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#4 posted 894 days ago

Thank you Greg

I love bloodwood but it has become very hard to find around here in the last few months. I can find the pinkish color bloodwood but not the dark red, but I am still looking because I’d love to make it larger some day soon.

-- Margery

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 894 days ago

A really beautiful butler tray with very fine wood ,great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Margerydb1

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#6 posted 894 days ago

Thank you Jim

-- Margery

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atchison32

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#7 posted 894 days ago

Very nice! Is it possible to see a photo of the underside of the tray?

Thanks

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Margerydb1

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#8 posted 894 days ago

Thank you Atchison

No I am sorry I’ve already delivered the tray and stand and didn’t take a picture of the underside. But it has a 1/4 lip all around the bottom so the stand is stopped from opening any more. I also cut the angle along the top of the stand so it sits flat on it and not on a point.

-- Margery

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 894 days ago

Very nice design and execution. How about Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry). It is pretty red and is one of my favorites. Cheaper than most exotics and often available as ‘leftovers’ from wood flooring projects. It too is really heavy so I’d resaw/ plane it thinner.

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

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Margerydb1

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#10 posted 894 days ago

Thank you very much. I also love Brazilian Cherry. The next one u am making is out of ribbon purple heart. I’ll post pictures when it’s done. I might also try some simple inlay with this one.

Thank you again

-- Margery

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Wolffarmer

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#11 posted 545 days ago

Very nice table.

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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Margerydb1

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#12 posted 545 days ago

Thank you

-- Margery

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