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Oak Serving Tray Out Of Pallet Wood And Shop Scraps

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Project by BusterB posted 02-12-2014 06:09 PM 1199 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My oldest sister wanted to know if I would build her a serving tray….naturally I said yes. Having never built one before, there was a slight learning curve. After looking at various designs on LJ’s and on line, I decided simplier would be better. I cut the sides and ends out some red oak pallet wood I had on hand and used some scrap oak plywood for the base. Over all demensions are 22” x 15”. The side rails have a 3/4” rabbit along the length to seat the base. Simple butt joints with glue to attach the end pieces. As you can tell from pic #4, I had a little bit of a struggle deciding on the handle shape so once again I followed the KISS woodworking method and went with rectangular. This is the 2nd project in a row that I have used the scroll saw on…that thing may good for something more than pilling wood scraps on after all…lol I have been on a mission to try all the various oil finishes available out there, so I went with Danish Oil on this one. So far….I LIKE IT!!!! The odor is much less than other oil based stains/shellacs I could have used to achieve that color.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-12-2014 06:21 PM

Nice clean work for pallet wood. Great job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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BusterB

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#2 posted 02-12-2014 06:27 PM

Monte- Thank you sir. Had some staining from the nails they used but over all it was a really decent piece of wood to start with.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 02-12-2014 07:33 PM

Nice use of the pallet wood Buster. I am sure your Sis will be happy with the end result.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 02-12-2014 07:58 PM

Looks good Buster,and perfect timing. My sister in law wants a tray to carry her craft items back and forth from her cabinets to the table. I sent her a picture and she wants one like that. How easy is that? Thanks for the showing. Great work with the pallet wood too.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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whitebeast88

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#5 posted 02-12-2014 08:35 PM

great tray buster.your sister will love it.i’ve been using the the danish oil on every project lately and really like it also.keep up the good work!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Rick

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#6 posted 02-12-2014 10:33 PM

Nice Project Indeed Buster! Thanks For Sharing.

Rick

-- IMPOTENCE: Mother Nature's way of saying .."No Hard Feelings."

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BusterB

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 01:00 AM

L2L- Thanks lee…too bad they dont build pallets out of maple or walnut eh??? lol

Dave- Thanks buddy. Glad I was of service but know you can do it better sir

Marty- Thanks my friend. You have any idea how long this stuff is supposed to cure?

Rick- Thanks sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 02-13-2014 01:16 AM

Pretty sweet my man.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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whitebeast88

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#9 posted 02-13-2014 01:26 AM

I believe either 48 or 72 hours but don’t hold me to that!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#10 posted 02-13-2014 05:31 AM

That looks great. Great job buddy. Im sure your sister will cherish it.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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BusterB

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#11 posted 02-13-2014 05:52 PM

Todd- Thank you buddy

Marty- Thank you sir, probably wait until after the weekend to wax it then.

Hoss- Thank you sir… we shall see

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#12 posted 02-13-2014 07:22 PM

Looks great Buster
Now she can make you breakfast in bed :)

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#13 posted 02-14-2014 04:56 AM

Nice tray Buster! Love that oak! Just today hubby shared a YouTube video with me about danish oil and buffing wax. The Danish oil really brought out the figure in the wood and the wax…Wow! Hope you post a pic after you wax the tray. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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BurninBush

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#14 posted 02-14-2014 06:01 PM

Great job. I’m gonna start using pallets myself for some upcoming projects.

-- Jason - Happiness is Homemade!! https://m.facebook.com/BurninBushPyrography

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 02-17-2014 12:17 AM

Nice one Buster!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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