Serving Tray

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Project by cheller posted 04-05-2007 09:51 PM 1734 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In December of each year I head to New Jersey for a weekend at my sister’s. While the adults tend to work and pre-Christmas activities, my nephew and I spend time together. One of the highlights of the weekend is for us to work on a project – something he can give his parents as a present. Pictured here is the boy working on the tray we made in 2005. The design came out of a book of Arts and Crafts furnishings (but since I’m writing this at work I don’t have the title in front of me). This was my first attempt at through tenons, and though I don’t have a good picture of them they worked out pretty well.

The frame is mahogany. The painting on the tray bottom was all done by my nephew using acrylic paints. The bottom is set into dados and secured with brads. (Note to anyone else out there working with kids the small tack hammer may seem like a good idea but a heavier hammer makes it easier for the child to drive the tacks.) The whole thing got two coats of shellac.

-- Chelle

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#1 posted 04-05-2007 10:01 PM

A woodworker in the making. Always great to see. His parents and he will cherish that piece forever I am sure. Very nice Chelle… thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 04-05-2007 10:03 PM

Nice tray and nice momento for the family

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

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#3 posted 04-05-2007 10:16 PM

Now that’s a real collaborative effort!

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

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#4 posted 04-05-2007 11:16 PM

aaaaaaw he looks like a little surgeon all decked out in his protective clothing!!

Being an Early Childhood Educator I’ll back the tips re: the hammer – as well as other tools that we “teach” our children with. Has anyone ever tried cutting paper with a pair of plastic children’s scissors?? Or cut playdo with a popsicle stick and get the results that you want? Think safety; supervise closely—really, really close.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 04-06-2007 12:05 AM

A work of art!

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