Decorative/Serving Tray

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Project by ChipOffTheOldBlock posted 10-31-2013 04:43 PM 1371 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my first projects that I made for my wife. It’s more of a decorative piece because we just use it as sort of a centerpiece of our coffee table.

My wife loves the look of distressed wood, so that was the aim of this project. I used 3/4 plywood for the base, pine for the sides, and rope for the handles. I used butt end joinery since I wanted sort of a rugged look but also because I was a little too intimated to attempt any advanced joinery at that point.

Once sanded, glued, and assembled with a pin nailer, I painted the piece black. Next, used some kind of off white spray paint and then sanded intentionally unevenly, including some abrasive scuffs, for the distressed look. I sealed the tray with clear gloss lacquer.

Overall, I was happy with it since my wife was. Not really a technically sound woodworking project but a lot of fun and we enjoy it.

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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#1 posted 10-31-2013 07:00 PM

Looks good. My wife was just asking for one of these.

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#2 posted 11-01-2013 01:00 AM


It definitely earned me points with the wife, especially with the distressed style. If I had to do it all over, I’d miter the joints and wrap the edging around the whole workpiece for a more professional look.

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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