bird tray

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Project by oakwood posted 10-15-2012 11:49 AM 1417 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wish this tray had been my own design but it would have been impossible as I have no artistic skills. The inspiration, I should say the pattern came from (ww I used the lower portion of the piece displayed. The tray will never be sold and hopefully will become a familly heirloom. I hope. To do this tray I had to improvise and extend my coping saw from a 12” throat to a 31” throat. It is easily adaptable and although all I needed for this project was 24” clearance, I thought why not make it a bit longer for maybe future projects. If anyone is interested in the saw I can post more photos. It is no piece of art but it works. Here are some wonderful links pertaining to marquetry. Enjoy.


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#1 posted 10-15-2012 12:16 PM

Looks great to me, and I think it is a very fine piece of art, in an interesting style.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 10-15-2012 02:23 PM

I disagree it is a work of art ,beautiful

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#3 posted 10-15-2012 02:48 PM

Art, John is in the eye of the beholder and in my eye, this is art.
Very good veneer choices and I really like the detail in the wings and tail.
All the more impressive that it was done with a hand fret saw.
Ever consider building a chevalet ?

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#4 posted 10-15-2012 06:23 PM

beautiful work..a very pretty tray

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#5 posted 10-15-2012 10:50 PM

Very nicely done. Lotsa gr8 details.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 10-16-2012 01:36 AM

Wow! That is beautiful and I can’t imagine how tedious that was. Fine art for sure.

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

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#7 posted 10-16-2012 04:44 AM

Very nicely done John, not only is the marquetry first class, but the rest of the tray surrounding it is first class as well. Bravo. Thanks for sharing with us!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#8 posted 10-16-2012 05:05 AM

Beautiful! You don’t give yourself enough credit. I couldn’t do that!!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#9 posted 10-16-2012 05:48 PM

It really is a piece of art.I think it would looks better hanging on the wall rather than to be served with it.

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#10 posted 10-16-2012 11:13 PM

Beautiful tray!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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