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Thread: Serving Tray

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio

    Serving Tray

    I've been working on this serving tray on and off for several weeks, and just got it finished yesterday.

    The bottom is about 10" by 16", composed of 110 equilateral 60° parallelograms, each about 1¼ inches oer side. The three woods used are walnut, cherry, and poplar.

    The sides and ends of the tray are half inch thick cherry, and are beveled and mitered at 15°.

    Finish is two coats of Sealcoat®, followed by three coats of Arm-R-Seal®.

    The glue-up was a real challenge, and I could only do one row at a time, so it took quite a while to do, but I really like the result.
    Jim D.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Wow, Jim that tray is just stunning, Well worth the effort!
    Amazing how the shapes play tricks on the eyes!

    Don’t have the best tools, don't use the best woods and projects don’t always turnout perfeck.
    I just feel the need to work with wood!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Jim, that really is stunning. Doing one row at a time must have added some challenges as well, in just keeping them aligned with the next row.

    Great work!

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Schenectady, NY

    Outstanding !

    That's beautiful Jim. I am always amazed at the precision required for these optical illusion works. This is spectacular.

    It sure was nice to meet you and your wife at 5 Barns !
    Don Orr

    Woodturners make the World go ROUND

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Independence, Kentucky
    That tray is great Jim, You made a thing of beauty. I like the contrast of the wood that you used

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Villa Park, CA
    That looks great, Jim. Those are called "Louis cubes" because the design became popular during the reign of Louis XIV in France. The design is actually older but was not that popular previously. The floor of one of the great halls at Versailles is tiled in Louis cubes (if I remember correctly).

    I've done those in veneer but never tried to do it in solid wood.

    Good job!


    PS you can see one of my Louis cubes projects here. Scroll down a bit.
    Ancora imparo
    Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    That's really nice. Came out way better than mine!

    Did you really cut all those pieces individually? You have way more patience than me!



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Awesome work, Jim. Looks great on all counts.

    What's next? How do you follow that one up?
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    that should be on display in a china cabinet, never used.
    Its too beautiful to use, should be admired as art.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    that should be on display in a china cabinet, never used.
    Its too beautiful to use, should be admired as art.
    Actually, it probably won't see much use. I'll display it at the county fair next month, then retire it to the center of the wife's china display cabinet.

    Beyond that, it might see occasional "tea & crumpets," but certainly not regular usage.
    Jim D.

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