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The Defective Wood Serving Tray

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Project by lumberjoe posted 09-03-2013 02:32 AM 2058 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve never made a serving tray before so I figured I’d give it a shot. I had this really wild piece of red oak. I’ve never seen anything like it before. It is curly beyond belief and has almost 3D waves. I can’t help but touch it to confirm it is actually flat.

I also had some ugly looking off cuts of figured maple. Big knots running all the way through. I made some selective cuts, filled the imperfections with many coats of thick CA, then slapped it all together with walnut splines. I think it came out great. The maple changes color depending on how you look at it.

The finish is french polish which was a first for me. Many thanks again to Shipwright. I think Paul has given me more tips and inspiration to try new things than anyone else has. Marquetry is next :)

The maple wasn’t bad but I’m not sure I would french polish red oak ever again. I tried traditional pore filling with shellac and pumice, but ended up sanding it down and giving in. I got some Tasmanian Oak colored timbermate and I’m glad I did, The color goes well with the finished Maple.

I used superblonde shellac and it went though about a dozen padding sessions before I was happy. I went a little heavy on the padding oil so I did need to spirit after. Overall it was a long, but rewarding process. I did have to start over a few times while perfecting my technique, but shellac is easy to remove. It’s tough to capture in pictures, but in natural light that piece of oak is like a mirror:

I’ve got some “defective” cherry on the bench right now that will get a similar treatment

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#1 posted 09-03-2013 04:26 AM

Awesome looking tray. Great job on the handles.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 10:25 AM

Ahh… the beauty of those defects!
That knot on the maple is just beautiful.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 11:48 AM

Thanks! Going to try my hand at splaying the miters for the next one

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#4 posted 09-03-2013 12:00 PM

Well done Joe.

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#5 posted 09-03-2013 12:03 PM

Looks great and is a good design and is well built.

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#6 posted 09-03-2013 01:01 PM

Joe
Those are not defects but well placed design elements that add character and make this a beautiful tray .

-- Kiefer 松

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#7 posted 09-03-2013 02:12 PM

I agree. There is no way I could create the kind of character that happens naturally like that. Rather than cut it out, I wanted to celebrate it. The hard part is finding a project that will display it well.

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#8 posted 09-03-2013 05:44 PM

Very well done Joe.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#9 posted 09-03-2013 06:43 PM

Thanks! Also of note, this is the first project I have done where the miters came out perfect

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#10 posted 09-03-2013 07:53 PM

Very well done and finished Joe.
I don’t know how I missed this, it’s a beauty.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#11 posted 09-04-2013 01:04 AM

Very nice serving tray! The finish looks great. Oak just finishes better when the pores are filled and Timbermate is the easiest grain filler for me. Epoxy fills those cracks/knots a LOT faster than CA glue.
Shellac has become my favorite finish since I started polishing rather than brushing it on.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 09-04-2013 04:09 AM

I see a lot of shellac use in my future. I was always intimidated by the french polishing process, but it’s not quite as bad as it appears to be on paper (but it’s still pretty hard). The quality of the finish is unreal. I’ve gotten some really high luster finishes with poly and lacquer before, but they pale in comparison here.

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#13 posted 09-05-2013 12:10 AM

Joe, Black Cherry did a blog about French Polishing that convinced me to try it. His method is very simple and foolproof.http://lumberjocks.com/blackcherry/blog/34190

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 09-05-2013 01:42 AM

Nothing defective about this puppy! Well done!

-- Dean

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#15 posted 09-05-2013 02:05 AM

I;ll have to check that out. I got a lot of good tips from Paul (Shipwright) and I find his methods easy to follow and yield excellent results.

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