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Project by Rick Sergi posted 2295 days ago 2585 views 35 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For Christmas, I decided to make several serving trays to give as gifts out of various woods I had around the shop. Construction of all the trays included “lock-mitered” corners with keys made of holly, integrated handles, and a floating solid-wood base. Final size was 14” x 22” and I used polyurethane to finish them to maximize their durability. Each tray was unique in the combination of woods used so I ended up with quite a variety:

- Padauk sides with spalted maple base.
- Bolivian Rosewood (Morado) sides with myrtle base.
- Wenge sides with zebrawood base.
- Padauk sides with lacewood base.
- Walnut sides with oak base.

-- Rick Sergi - Bethlehem, PA





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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 2295 days ago

Hi Rick,

These trays made wonderful Christmas gifts I am sure. They are all gorgeous and the holly keys add a nice detail to them. They are all absolutely gorgeous but I think, personally, I prefer the pakauk and lacewood one the best.

You made some really nice gifts with these and you got to spend some time in the shop making them. Sounds like a winning combination to me.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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ShannonRogers

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#2 posted 2295 days ago

How difficult did you find the set up for the mitre lock bit? I have one of these that came in a kit and I have not used it yet. The set up looks really tough.

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at www.renaissancewoodworker.com

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USCJeff

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#3 posted 2295 days ago

Well Done. I’ve saved the photos for reference. There have been a few other “tray” posts here, but I like your design really well. The spline/keys add a lot to the mitered corners. Looks like a lock miter joint?? I’m guessing you have a lock bit for the router? Again, very nicely crafted. Great complimenting species.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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Damian Penney

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#4 posted 2295 days ago

These are great, I love the Zebrawood one myself.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Blake

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#5 posted 2295 days ago

Really nice job. I like the contrasting keys and the tight joinery.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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GaryK

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#6 posted 2295 days ago

Those are very nice. I really like the wood combinations.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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leonmcd

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#7 posted 2295 days ago

These are very nicely done. Great for Christmas presents. Simple design, easy to duplicate yet each one is unique.

You did a great job of matching the different woods.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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closetguy

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#8 posted 2295 days ago

Very well done. You got those lock mitres dead on.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design changes....www.dgmwoodworks.com

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rikkor

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#9 posted 2295 days ago

The joinery is top shelf, as are the trays. I’d also like to hear about the set-up of the locking miter bit.

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NDwoodworker

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#10 posted 2295 days ago

The jointery is a great detail, nice work with the highly figured base, the gift must have been well recieved

-- Stuart, North Dakota

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Bradford

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#11 posted 2295 days ago

Great display of contrasts in that joinery. Those trays will be cherished for a long time.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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sharad

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#12 posted 2295 days ago

Nice trays as gifts. The combination of woods make them look very beautiful. The joinery is superb.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Junji

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#13 posted 1963 days ago

Really looking great. I would like to make one of these someday.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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