Over the moon serving tray

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Project by ytsejamr posted 08-01-2013 01:50 PM 1236 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is an inlayed (inlaid?) serving tray I made for my sister and brother-in-law. It’s walnut and maple.

The design is the logo for their new horse farm that will be opening this fall (Over the Moon Farms)

The inlay is all freehand. Well, technically not all . . . the walnut oval was done with a router inlay bit/bearing kit.

The finish is Waterlox.

You guys will appreciate this one. The first walnut oval I inlayed, I used regular glue. Well, it made the walnut expand and it bubbled up. I had to re-route it out and used epoxy the second time. For the stars, my original plan was to just carve out the star and fill it in with a sawdust/epoxy mixture. I did that, but it ended up being almost as dark as the background. So I ended up (painstakingly) cutting out all the stars with my scroll saw and inlaying them by hand. I can tell you there are 26 stars!

The horseshoe with the bar across it is because the workers found an old horseshoe at the site while they were building. It had a bar across it, and appears to come from the early 1900’s. So I threw that in there to be a little unique.

That’s about it. Hand cut dovetails. Had some gaps to fill. It’s hard to be consistent with those, when you only do them once a year (or less).

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 01:54 PM


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#2 posted 08-01-2013 02:21 PM

This turned out beautifully. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 08-01-2013 03:09 PM

Nice tray and nice bit of marquetry.
Ovals aren’t easy, you did well.

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 03:47 PM

What great tray…. Great details..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 09:00 PM


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#6 posted 08-01-2013 11:17 PM

A very nice tray and the marquetry looks great and so do the dovetails…you did an excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 08-02-2013 12:15 AM

Very cool. I like how the wood grain follows the curve of the front and back.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#8 posted 08-02-2013 01:27 AM

:-) Thanks for noticing that.

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#9 posted 08-02-2013 01:36 PM

Great job.

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#10 posted 08-03-2013 11:11 PM

Nicely done! The inlay really makes the piece special.
I thought it was the cow that jumped over the moon? lol

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#11 posted 08-06-2013 02:26 PM

Fine looking tray, like the beautiful wood combo and the amazing inlays set it off. Great job!

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