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Thread: Serving trays for family and friends

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Villa Park, CA

    Serving trays for family and friends

    I made a bunch of serving trays (nine!) as gifts for family and friends. The first picture shows one representative tray and the other picture shows all nine.

    The trays are six sided, with a sunburst of waterfall bubinga in the center. The accent strip is bloodwood (on most of them) with holly stringing. The edging and sides are walnut.

    Although not shown, the backs are 12 sided sunburst of claro walnut.

    These take quite a bit of time to make. There's just a lot of steps in the process.

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Trays-1.jpg   Trays-2.jpg  
    Last edited by Mike Henderson; 09-16-2010 at 03:40 AM.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    As always Mike, beautiful work! The recipients of those trays are indeed fortunate.


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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    What can I Say. they are outstanding.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean

    Lucky recipients! They are receiving some beautiful work. I hope you enjoyed making them.


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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Oh man, those are some kind of awesome, Mike. Definitely top-shelf work. Your veneer work never fails to amaze me.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Wow, just don't cover it Mike

    I pity the fool who even spills something on one of those
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    William Arthur Ward

  7. #7
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    I agree with Stu. Wow just doesn't cover it.
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  8. #8
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Yeah Mike how does one describe your work or even comment on it. Best i can manage is amazement.

    Beside the veneer work, they all interlock. I would not like to see my version of the basic tray as far as interlock is concern. I wont even go near the veneer.

    You sure a cut above in the skills department. Way to go Mike i am happy we have you posting here so we can benefit from your experience.

    Mike can you share with us a little of how you went about making one. I would like to simply get a handle on the process and the sequence of stages. Right now i am trying to think where one would start.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Beautiful work Mike. I just caught up to this thread (I need to check my search filters). I really enjoy the look of the center veneer work. The figure almost seems liquid.
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    - Arthur C. Clarke

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    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI

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