Spalted Maple Tray

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Project by Dez posted 03-28-2007 10:14 PM 2357 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made for a customer using spalted big leaf Maple from his property.
Ebony splines, the sides slope at 45 deg.
Tung oil, 4 coats, paste wax

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 03-28-2007 11:02 PM

it looks like my willow that I used—and so I love it.
Of course I will have to try and do the sloped sides when I get some time- and courage :)

This is simply beautiful!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 03-29-2007 12:16 AM

Very nice tray.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 03-29-2007 01:58 AM

Nice work Dez. Looking forward to seeing some more pieces.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 03-29-2007 01:59 AM

Thank you for the kind words, I got a lot of enjoyment making it too. Not something I make all the time, probably because it was a real challenge cutting the compound miters on those small parts and they don’t pay as well as larger pieces.
I really like working with spalted wood, the differences in the appearance of different species is multiplied a hundred fold.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#6 posted 03-29-2007 08:38 AM

Cool… I want one. Looks simple, but isn’t as easy as it looks. Don’t you love it when you build something, and someone has no clue the time and skill involved in doing it? That perplexed look they get when you tell them what it will cost and why. “Joinery, what? Splines, huh? Complex miters… what are those?”. If only they knew. Well we do, and appreciate very much the time and sweat involved in making something so clean and well-built. Good job Dez, keep it up. Can’t wait to see more.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#7 posted 03-29-2007 06:00 PM

I know it is tricky to make those kinds of cuts on small stock and get nice tight joints. Good job! I’d be happy if I could get somebody to pay me for small pieces.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 03-29-2007 06:11 PM

Most of the small stuff gets traded more often than sold but when I trade for services or goods then I don’t have to come up with cash!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#9 posted 04-15-2007 09:25 AM

Put some good wood on this project. Great compound mitering job. Tight glue joints as well. Keep up the great job.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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