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Project by Green_Hornut posted 767 days ago 1388 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Outdoor serving tray/BBQ tray. Based loosely on a design I found on the web. The curved leg pieces are not the most efficient in using wood but look nice. Corner splines are maple. Wood is re-claimed redwood from a deck some folks were going to tear off and burn. I couldn’t let that happen. So has a few nail holes and some discoloration around the holes. Mostly 2×6 material and some really nice grain in some boards. Cut off all 4 faces and plane down to 1 inch and almost looks like new. Finish is danish oil and then wipe on poly.





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Derakon

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#1 posted 767 days ago

Neat idea and an excellent execution! I’m thinking this could be a good gift idea for my parents, who spend a lot of time on their deck.

You said the legs weren’t very efficient, wood-wise, so I’m guessing you cut the curves out of solid boards? I’ve read that you can soften wood with boiling water (buy some PVC piping with an end cap, put the wood in, and then pour the water in) and then bend it into curves, though I don’t know if that would necessarily work well with redwood. If it does, it’d use less wood, and probably be stronger, than cutting a curve that goes across the grain like that. Probably not a big issue for this application though.

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Paulo in Texas

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#2 posted 767 days ago

I think these would be good indoors too. Maybe one would want to put the tray in their lap while sitting on the sofa doing whatever.

I like it, thanks for sharing.

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SawDustKing

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#3 posted 766 days ago

That is very nice.. well done.

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Derakon

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#4 posted 761 days ago

Question—how did you do the curves for the handles? Both the outer curve, and the hole for the handle? I’d guess a coping saw for the actual cuts, but I don’t know how to go about plotting out a smooth curve for either of them.

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Green_Hornut

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#5 posted 759 days ago

Just used a french curve and what I thought looked right. Trust your eye, it won’t let you down. What looks right is right. The inside was just an inch less using a ruler and then a 1 inch hole to do the curve to the bottom of the inside which was straight. I have a Delta scroll saw which made quick work of the cutting. A copping saw would do it but I never had much success with them. That’s why I have a scroll saw ;-) The legs I did nest as good as I could to reduce waste but they are not even curves and crossing the grain like I did some of the redwood boards tried to split on me when machining.

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Derakon

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#6 posted 759 days ago

Awesome, thanks for the info. I’m going to try to make my own variant on your work; we’ll see how well it works! It’s my first time working in redwood. I just wish I’d noticed when I bought the wood that one of the boards had a crack right down the middle all the way through the board. Next time I go to that lumberyard I’m bringing a flashlight.

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Green_Hornut

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#7 posted 735 days ago

Woodsmith volume 165 page 28 shows a pattern remarkably like the one I did. I made my own but I also have been a Woodsmith subscriber since volume 2 and have all the issues to present. I just plum forgot I had it and didn’t bother to look for it. They have a plan for the tray not the stand.

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