Serving Tray Wedding Present

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Project by nealius posted 03-31-2013 05:11 AM 1469 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a serving tray I built as part of a wedding present for one of my best friend. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out considering it was my first real “fine” woodworking project. I primarily used a circular saw, jigsaw, router table and a lot of sanding. A table saw and band saw would have helped greatly. Woods are red oak and walnut, finished with 4 coats of wipe on poly and wax. Questions, comments, and tips are welcome. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 03-31-2013 11:08 AM

Yep, would have been easier with the table saw and such, but it wouldn’t have turned out any better. That is some nice work there.

A serving tray for a wedding present is in my future for my niece later in the year, and I hope it turns out as nice as yours did.

-- -- Don from PA

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#2 posted 03-31-2013 12:51 PM

Looks nice, Would like to try this for the lift out tray for my boxes. Any chance I could get the dimensions?

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 03-31-2013 01:06 PM

Nicely done—looks great.

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

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#4 posted 03-31-2013 02:37 PM

Very nice clean project. It turnrd out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 04-01-2013 02:47 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments.

Jeff, I think the dimensions were 20” x 12”.

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#6 posted 12-01-2013 08:07 PM

what kind of saw blade did you use to cut the square bottom for the splines?

-- Patrick

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#7 posted 12-03-2013 05:29 PM

Patrick, I used a router table and jig to slot the for the splines. The router bit made a nice flat bottom.

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