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    A Serving Tray

    Up at 3 am this morning and couldn't sleep so I doodled out an idea for a serving tray based on one from the mid-50s.



    The bottom of the tray is two pieces of wood with a narrow space between them. I'm not sure how the thin pieces are attached to the ends on the original but I think the bottom pieces are probably quarter sawn so there'd be little or no movement. Maybe glue would be adequate.

    One can buy the original for $325 or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Richards View Post
    ... One can buy the original for $325 or so.
    Or not! Lemme see....$5 worth of scrap?

    The ends and side pieces could be thicker strips that are rabbeted to lift the bottom from the surface where you sit it. The rabbet would proved ample glue area, I think.
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    On the original the end pieces are the same thickness overall. There are some feet on the underside which make it look like it is floating.
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    Glue blocks disguised as feet on the underside perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    Glue blocks disguised as feet on the underside perhaps?
    I suppose you could but there are none on the original. I'll post a view of the underside when I get home from work tonight.
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    Why are the corners not jointed?

    If the bottom pieces were glued at the outside edges and not along the rabbet, wouldn't the small gap in between allow for movement?

    $325? Hmmmm.
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    Hmm, I'm wondering if the inlay in the top is part of the secret...

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    Ryan, you kind of smoked it. The feet have tenons that come up through the top. The feet are secured to the underside with screws in counterbored holes. There are no glue blocks on the bottom and there's no visible hardware attaching the side pieces to the tray. The sides don't meet at the corners because there are notches in the corners.

    I'm thinking this would be a pretty easy tray to make if someone had a need for one like it.

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    Interesting, I couldn't quiiiittteee see what was going on with the top but the cross grain lines looked suspicious.

    I'm still a wee bit dubious about the ends on the tray itself.. although they don't get a lot of stress so pre-soaking the end grain with glue they'll likely hold pretty well.

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    Actually you could do something akin to a breadboard end on the ends and cut some stub tenons on it that penetrate the end pieces. It wouldn't be quite the original, but would keep the spirit of the design and give you a nice glue spot. I think you could use that to frame a cut out underneath or perhaps a handle attachment which would make it easier to pick up as well.

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