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I wasn’t going to enter the “serving tray” category of our Summer ‘08 Awards event, but then I saw GaryK project and was reminded that the point of the challenges is to inspire us to improve our own skills (well, that’s how I interpret them anyway).

This tray was made 420 days ago back when I knew, oh, not much about woodworking. I had just purchased my DowelMax to help with joinery and this was a practice piece. The cedar pieces are not as thick as the pine, thus leaving a place for fingers to reach in and pick the tray up.

I use the tray all the time and always get positive feedback about it. That always surprises me because it is simply a piece of pine with cedar attached to the ends of it.

It was fun looking back and reading my “learning curve journey”. I tried: I conquered :)

(Interesting to read that this was intended as a birthday present for someone. Oops. I wonder what they got instead! ha)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 2092 days ago

Very nice Debbie, I can see why you kept it for yourself

Who said that pine wasn’t nice wood, its beautiful.

The walnut, & pine look great together.

It was also fun looking at my peg faceting videos.

I haven’t thought about them for a long time.


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 2092 days ago

Dang! I sure thought it would be made of willow.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 2092 days ago

my willow pieces aren’t big enough for a tray :)
but I might just have to look into that!!! :)

Thanks Lee/Dick :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 2092 days ago

Debbie, I think it is absolutely beautiful the way you inlaid those darker pieces of wood to look just like knots! Gary has nothing on you! :-)

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

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#5 posted 2092 days ago

A trip down memory lane….have you remembered yet what the birthday person received instead ? hahaha lol

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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#6 posted 2092 days ago

As they say, it’s an honor just to compete. The great part is that we can all get in the same game as Gary. Maybe not the same universe, but the same game. I’m glad you threw your hat, or tray, in the ring.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 2092 days ago

I had to calculate the timeline and yes, now I remember… the birthday was my neighbour’s and I whipped up a box for her and gave that to her instead.

Yes, Russel… life is not about “winning” but about participating. I’m participating!! :)

Charlie: oh yes, those inlay pieces seemed to take YEARS and YEARS to create! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 2092 days ago

Way to go Debbie!

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

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#9 posted 2092 days ago

Thanks Gary :)
Giving you a run for your money on this one hahaha lol

I bet I’m as proud of mine as you are of yours! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 2091 days ago

And you didn’t use any paint !

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#11 posted 2091 days ago

haha I made this BEFORE the painted walnut mis-adventure. I guess I was saving that experience for later lol

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 2091 days ago

Hi Ms. Debbie;

I’m with Charlie M. Those knots actually look real!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 2090 days ago

cool.. Mother Nature.. I mean.. “I” did a really good job then, didn’t I!!!! :)
What a compliment ;)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#14 posted 2088 days ago

Keen eye there Charlie.

-- BLOG -

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#15 posted 2087 days ago

Great job Ms Debbie. Good luck in the contest.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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