Serving tray - Maple & Bubinga

bowman

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Neal
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A few weeks ago I stopped by The Hardwood Store in Gibsonville and picked up some hard maple and bubinga. At the time, I did not have a project in mind, but i eventually decided to make a tray. I ripped the maple into 5/16 strips, and the bubinga into strips that were 1/2, 1, and 1 1/4 wide and glued up into 3 sections I could run through my planer. Each section started at 24" long. Once the 3 sections were glued into one, I used a Whiteside bowl/tray bit and a homemade circle jig to route out the inside of the tray, going down 1/2".

After transferring reference marks to the backside of the tray, i again found the center (I hoped!). Moving the center jig and extending the bit to the outer edge of the tray, I changed to a 5/16" straight bit for my router, plunging about 1/4 deep with each pass to leave the lip of the tray 1/2 wide.

Initial finish is 2 coats of clear shellac brushed on, final coat will be rattle can of satin poly.

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KenOfCary

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Ken
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Came out great. I like the fact you used different widths of the Bubinga in the pattern, but kept the Maple the same width.
 

Bill Clemmons

Bill
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Looks great, Neal. When are you going to make the matching tray? In my house, "The Boss" would want to have at least two that matched. :)
 

bowman

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Neal
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This one is going to Mom for her birthday next week, wife is jealous of it. I see another one in my future...
 

bowman

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Neal
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Corporate Member
Great work, your mom will really enjoy and appreciate this tray!
Thanks Barry.
She'll put it on her coffee table and dare me or my brothers to touch it, ROFL...
 

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