With the marquetry complete the next job is to find a place to display it, in this case a round serving tray. I started out by sawing curved sections of some 1 1/ 2” cherry I had to the inside and outside diameters I wanted and then assembled them with simple scarf joints cut freehand on the bandsaw.
When the glue was set, I smoothed the top and bottom to thickness with my drum sander.
Then after sanding the inside fair with the OSS and the outside with the ShopSmith disc sander, I did a corner round all around the top. All that is too boring for pictures so on to machining the bottom. This is the jig I set up to undercut the handles. It’s very simple, just two square scraps clamped to my SS mounted router table.
I used a 1/2” core box bit to get a radius from the handle to the frame…........
...and a mortising bit to clean off the outside edge.
All that leaves is a simple rebate to receive the tray bottom. Simple if you have a rebating bit. I was amazed to find that my extensive set of cheap router bits did not include one so improvisation (one of my very favorite things) would be necessary. This photo shows my idiot proof rebating jig solution.I think it speaks for itself…. and I won’t be rushing out to get a rebating bit.
Here’s the fully machined frame. All it needs now is a little finish sanding, some dye and a little shellac.
The dye is Color FX aniline from Woodessence and the color is a wash of red followed by thinned layers of burnt sienna until I got the color I wanted. The finish is all shellac, French polish on the bottom and not so shiny on the frame. Here are a before and after of the dye job.
That’s it . It should be posted in projects today.
Thanks for looking in and remember questions, comments and of course any critiques are always welcome.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/