Silverware Tray

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Project by Mike Lingenfelter posted 07-29-2008 02:40 AM 2460 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Silverware Tray that I made while at the handsawing class taught by Christopher Schwarz. This was the second project we worked on during the week long class. The wood is Cherry. The wood was surfaced and rough cut to length and width for us, but once we were given the wood nothing but hand tools were used to construct it.

The boards were cleaned up with hand planes. Then the boards were cut length and the ends were shot on a shooting board. The dovetails were cut with my Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw, that I’m really loving. The handles were bored out using a brace and bit, then cleaned up with a chisel and rasp. I almost completed it at the class, but I need to do some final planing and install the bottom. I then applied a few coats of Tung Oil for the finish. The dovetail came out pretty well. There are some small gaps, but this is really the first complete project I’ve done with hand-cut dovetails. I think my wife already has a place for it :).

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#1 posted 07-29-2008 04:08 AM

Beautiful box. Looks like you learned some great skills. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 07-29-2008 04:22 AM

Pretty! Looks like that came together real nice!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 07-29-2008 04:49 AM

There is nothing like hand cutting dovetails in cherry… sigh…

Thanks for posting!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#4 posted 07-29-2008 06:30 AM

The tray looks superb The joinary is perfect.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 07-31-2008 02:56 AM

Looks like class was well worth it, the wife got something she’ll like using for years to come and you got some skills you’ll love to use for years to come.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#6 posted 10-27-2009 03:58 AM

I think it looks great!

-- Tony

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#7 posted 10-27-2009 04:05 AM

Nice looking tray!

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#8 posted 10-29-2009 06:04 AM

Looks really good Mike

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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