BBQ Tray - Oak/Walnut

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Project by USCJeff posted 04-11-2008 06:10 AM 1745 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the idea of the design from Bob here at LJ’s. While I can’t match the awesome wood he used, the White Oak on Walnut was pleasing.

~Started by joining the White Oak tray using glue and biscuits to join the two boards. Planed and sanded to make flat. Rounded over edges with a couple round over bits.

~Cut the rectangular Walnut pieces to rough size. I cut the contour on one handle and then used it to duplicate a second. I routed round overs on sides that are on top or will be touched such as the bottom of the handles.

~Pic 2 shows the joinery detail. The runner and long piece were glued to the oak. However, since a tray can see some weight on it, I chose to use a screw through all three strips at each corner. I cut plugs from scrap to hide the screws. The grain matched nearly perfect which makes the plugs much less visible.

~Applied several coats of wipe-on satin poly and sprayed poly as a final coat.

~Biscuits and a plug cutter saved a lot of time.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-11-2008 11:37 AM

Hi Jeff,

This is a nice serving tray. The walnut and oak work well together. And the finish looks good as well. Now you can put it use since you have posted it. How about grilling out tonight after work to “test” it out. :)

Thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 04-11-2008 02:05 PM

You bet Scott. We’re actually having a Bday party for my daughter tomorrow. Gotta grill Hot Dogs and Hamburgers for about 25 people. The tray is actually for my brother and his wife’s Bday coming up, but I think I’ll break it in as they’ll be there. Wow, 25 people coming, better get to work! Adds up quick when you invite 3 year olds as that normally means parents and siblings as well! :)

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#3 posted 04-11-2008 03:19 PM

Looks nice Jeff. Good design.

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

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#4 posted 11-27-2011 01:00 AM

Came out very nice . I like the wood combination very much : )

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