|Project by KnickKnack||posted 12-09-2012 07:22 PM||1687 views||10 times favorited||4 comments|
I set out to design the simplest possible tray I could imagine – this is the result.
As you can see, the construction is simplicity itself…
I chose to use a bit of bookmatching Jatoba for the base. I have no idea why you can see the join line – I’ve done it before with other woods without the line – this jatoba keeps bowling me googlies (for those in America – throwing me curve balls) and I keep playing (swinging) and missing.
I decided to go with a “two-finish” approach – oil with a slight sheen for the frame, and a high gloss for the base. I was aiming for a mirror finish – it isn’t Steinway, to be sure, but, with each attempt I think I’m getting better. I’m also starting to understand that the “black as night” look just isn’t going to happen, no matter how much I fume the oak, so I was expecting dark brown.
The wife launched into a surprisingly colourful diatribe centered on the number of trays already in our possession.
All in all, some lessons learned (some for the severaleth time).
Fumed oak and jatoba. Oil + varnish. 430mm x 240mm x 35mm
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