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Mom's 86th BD Serving Tray

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Project by sonnyr posted 02-09-2013 12:33 AM 1335 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When you get my age it seems everything has a story. My dad retired in the 1980’s, and he went to different locations picking up shipping pallets to reuse the wood. He made us all kinds of things. After he passed away I got some of the wood he had left. When my mom said she needed a seving tray, I decided to use some of dad’s wood to build it for her 86th birthday. The bottom is pine (planed to 1/2”) that he glued up and the longest sides are what looks to be maple. The ends and handles are some walnut and purpleheart that I had left over from projects. I used an Incra positioner for the double dovetails. Since the bottom is free floating, I added triangle supports in the corners. The tray is 12”X16”X2”. The finish is from LJ Kelby’s method, sanded to 2000 grit. My wife does embroidery so she used a “Maxine” design for the cloth inlay.
Thanks for looking in.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!





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#1 posted 02-09-2013 12:53 AM

Nice project, with a sweet story!

Hope the party is fun!

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Retsof

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#2 posted 02-09-2013 02:34 AM

Nice project. I love those double dovetails. It’s great that you got to use some of your Dad’s wood.

I’m sentimental about wood too. One of my cousins in NY just asked me to make a shadow box to hold an unfinished pair of mittens that our Grandma was knitting for the newest Great Grandchild in the family, when she passed away a few years ago. We both thought it would be nice if I could make the box out of some of our Grandpa’s wood (he died in 2000 with a stockpile of lumber that he had milled himself from the trees on his farm). I’m waiting anxiously for a box full of Grandpa’s butternut boards to arrive so I can get started.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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sonnyr

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#3 posted 02-09-2013 02:58 AM

Retsof—-Please PM me when you complete/post the project, I would love to see how it turns out.
Thanks for the comments and story.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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Retsof

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#4 posted 02-09-2013 03:20 AM

Will do. I’m sure your Mom will be touched that you included a part of your Dad in this serving tray. What a great birthday gift.

I’m excited to build the shadow box because I’m being “paid” in wood. My cousin is sending me enough wood to build the shadow box, plus extra so I can build some picture frames for photos of the farm (for myself). Photography is one of my other hobbies. I’ve always wanted to frame up my best farm photos with boards that Grandpa milled himself. I’m going to include a photo of Grandma’s knitting basket, that I took when I came back to NY for her funeral, as the background of the shadow box.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#5 posted 02-09-2013 10:35 AM

Great job on this.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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