Nested Spalted Maple Serving Trays

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Project by cdarney posted 625 days ago 2097 views 24 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These serving trays were made as a Christmas gift and are made entirely of Spalted Maple.
They’re made to…well…nest. I never worked with Spalted Maple and I’m amazed at the look of it.

The sides are joined with compound mitered dovetails and the bases are screwed on with the screw
holes plugged with walnut dowels. They were finished with shellac. I used Zinsser sanding sealer
full cut until the wood stopped soaking it in. That was quite a bit. I sanded that down lightly
then applied 1.5 pound cut for the final finish.

It’s all 1/2” wood. The dimensions are:

Small – 13 3/4” x 7 1/4” x 3 1/8”
Medium – 15 1/4” x 9 3/4” x 3 1/8”
Large – 16 7/8” x 11 1/4” x 3 1/8”

The LOML showed no interest in them when I explained what they would look like. Once she saw them
done I didn’t think she would let them leave the house.

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#1 posted 625 days ago

OK, now THIS is what I have been looking for! Very cool! And the fact that you made three “nesting” trays is over the top! The dowel plugs are great! They keep the primitive feel alive in these pieces!

This will definitely go on my “favorites” list. Thanks!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 625 days ago

Very nice I like the Idea too.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 625 days ago

These are great. Where did you learn how to lay out compound dovetails?

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#4 posted 625 days ago


-- Joel

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#5 posted 625 days ago

Amazing trays!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 625 days ago

Fantastic job on these. Man that wood is just POPPIN’ good!

Beautiful trays!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 625 days ago

Beautiful, I’d love a set!

-- ~Julie~

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 625 days ago

Love the wood. Great design and build.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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stinnes jordan

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#9 posted 625 days ago

You can get directions on the compound dovetails from the porter cable model 4212 dovetail jig advanced manual. Just search for it and download. But beware, do not install the angled insert on the jig when following the instructions on how to cut the tails. The directions are incorrect. It messed me up for a while. But,I finally figured it out. The rest of the directions are correct. I hope you don’t waste as much time as I did. Good luck.

New jock, stynz61, brand new.

-- Stinnes Jordan, A Yellow Jacket in SC.............If one learns from one's mistakes, and I do, how come I'm not a genius yet?

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stinnes jordan

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#10 posted 625 days ago

I forgot to say how great the trays look. I love how the bottom was attached, as I am not very good at hiding dados when doing dovetails. The wood is beautiful. I just finished a few Christmas things and planned on doing a few trays for my sisters birthday. This post was really timely for me. Go jocks.


-- Stinnes Jordan, A Yellow Jacket in SC.............If one learns from one's mistakes, and I do, how come I'm not a genius yet?

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#11 posted 624 days ago

Those are on the list. The wood you picked is fantastic. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 624 days ago

Those are fantastic. Never worked with spalted anything, but it’s on m list now to watch out for.

-- -- Don from PA

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#13 posted 624 days ago

WOW! Those are great!

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#14 posted 623 days ago

Very nice wood.Dovetails are awsome detail.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 623 days ago

Gorgeous! I have a feeling that if my better half sees these, this will be on my projects list!

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