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Project by GaryK posted 07-31-2008 12:09 AM 8509 views 36 times favorited 90 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I was on vacation in Austria I came across a picture of the Faberge coronation egg. It was made for the Czar of Russia in the late 1800’s and it was my inspiration for the design of the field in this tray.

Here you can see the technique I used to get the grid pattern. A bunch of spaced out cuts in curly maple filled with Peruvian walnut strips. Then after that was all sanded smooth I drilled a hole at every intersection which I later plugged with walnut made using a plug cutter. I could have used a dowel but I didn’t want end grain showing. You can also see the splines I used to strengthen the corners and the mahogany ring around the center medallion.

I figured that since I would be walking with the tray, being as clumsy as I am, I would add cup holders in the corners. I got the sizes from copying the cup holder in my car. It will hold a bottle or can and most other size of glasses.

Here you can see the handles. The curved parts are made of 3 pieces of wood with the inner part of mahogany at a right angle to the outer Walnut pieces to give it strength. The grip is made from Boxwood that extends through the curved parts also for strength.

Lastly is a closeup of the center piece of the entire project. I wasted about 4 pieces of wood (on both sides) trying to figure out how to make this. It took quite a while to figure out what I was doing wrong and had to devise an entirely different method to make it.

If any of you are interested in how I did this, let me know. I will do a blog on it’s construction.

It has a walnut background with inlays of maple, then surrounded by mahogany. It was the first part I made for this project since I new that it would take the most time to figure out. The entire piece was then inlayed into the center of the tray.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 07-31-2008 12:16 AM

Holy Cow !!! The level of detail is astounding. That’s a beautiful piece of work and your step by step description is great.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 07-31-2008 12:16 AM

Sheeetfire that is a beaut, you know there is no granite involved this time right ;)

Heck I was up in Longview this past weekend, I should of thought to see if I could swing by and check out your shop, maybe next time I am up there!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#3 posted 07-31-2008 12:18 AM

Very Nice. I am interested in knowing the process.

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 07-31-2008 12:18 AM

I really like the parquetry. Very nice work. you did a great job!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 07-31-2008 12:24 AM

Gary your not that old to have so much talent. Your designs are time comsuming and the end results are alway worth every second you spend thinking up on how to do it.
Your are the man.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#6 posted 07-31-2008 12:28 AM

you will need coasters for your serving tray! nice work.

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#7 posted 07-31-2008 12:29 AM

Sheeeesh. That is fantastic.

I guess an indexing jig for a router on the center star inlay? I would love to see how you did it.

Very nice,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 07-31-2008 12:30 AM

Simply stunning…

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

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#9 posted 07-31-2008 12:37 AM

Sheeeeesh, says it all.

An unbelievable piece of work!

I feel like so humbled by your work.

The first time we meet, the beers on me.

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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#10 posted 07-31-2008 12:44 AM

Good grief Gary. Are you sure you’re not bionic or something?

Spectacular execution as usual. Thanks for not letting something like a vacation get in the way of your flourishing creativity!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#11 posted 07-31-2008 12:45 AM

we might as well just give up now ;)

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#12 posted 07-31-2008 12:55 AM

Fantastic as always.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#13 posted 07-31-2008 01:30 AM

Another wonderful ‘Gary Creation’.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#14 posted 07-31-2008 01:35 AM

I’m interested in how you cut the pieces to be inlayed into the center of the tray.

I can see a simple circular jig where grooves are routed… but, I guess it’s a sequence thing because some go over other pieces, etc.

Looks like you cut a groove, filled it, rotated the jig, cut another groove, filled it, etc., etc. until done all the way around… with some routed grooves going through previously cut/filled sections.

Would like to see how you did it… fo real…

You sure do good work!!

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 07-31-2008 01:49 AM

Gary! That is soooo sweeeeet! I hope your trip went well, but if not, at least you got an incredible design out of it…I love it.

A blog on this would be great, please do so.

Thanks for posting it.


-- Martin, Kansas

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