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    Serving Tray DONE!

    I saw some serving trays a guy over at TWW made, Jeff, in Vancouver, I was showing them to my lovely wife, and she suggested that I make one as a present for our friends the Kajimotos to bring them to the New Year Party they have every January 2nd. I got busy, and I'm making one now.

    I got the wood from my rooftop stash of board I harvested myself in my Logging in Tokyo adventure, nearly two years ago!

    I'm double posting some pics here, from the other thread about opening my stack of wood, but here goes!


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    The stack opened and some boards removed!

    I cut the boards in half, as I'll not need any thing that long, and I checked the moisture content........

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    Looks like 8% to me!

    I then ripped the edges off using the Festool saw, and the new ripping blade......

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    Worked really well!

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    I cut all the pieces into bits that I'll now have to joint and then thickness plane to give me some usable stock.

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    here are some of the Blue Keyaki boards

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    and some more, I think these might be Akagashi, or Japanese Evergreen Oak, they are certainly NOT keyaki.

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    A shot of the Dungeon in production mode, Big Blue, my resaw bandsaw in the background, the Makita thickness planer on the workbench, and my 10" "Green Meanie" jointer right up front. Yep, I still remember how to do this flatwork stuff

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    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 01-01-2008 at 09:43 AM.
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    .....

    I want to make the tray 22" x 14" so I needed to put a strip in the center of the bottom board of the tray, I have some Walnut, so I picked that for the contrast with the Blue Keyaki. I'll also use Walnut for the keys in the corners.

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    one coat of lacquer sanding sealer on this piece, sanded to #320.

    More to come!
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    Well, I got it done, right under the wire too.......

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    The only real WIP pic I have, I was just too darn busy to stop and take pics!

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    Here it is with a good coat of sanding sealer on it, I've since put four coats of rattle can lacquer on it, should be good.

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    Corner detail.

    Guess who now wants one, after she suggested I make one for our friends as a present.......

    BTW, I hope I don't get too big a fine from the turners, I know that this really, and truly is flatwork, the only thing I used the lathe for on this one was to stack the wood on as it was coming out of the thickness planer.......

    Cheers!
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    Hey Stu - Really nice work......and really flat!

    walk towards the light.......walk towards the light........
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    Thanks Rennie, but I think it's too late..........
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    Stu, great work, I'm sure they will be greatly appreciated by the party hosts. I'm trying to picture you using your lathe to stack ****work on.

    BTW, I think it is already the new year there, right? Happy New Year!!
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    Nice job, Stu. I think a little flatwork every now and then keeps a guy well-rounded.
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    Nice work, Stu. The blue keyaki looks a lot like some ash I have seen. It seems to have a very nice shimmer/chatoyance to it. I really like your trays.

    Good stuff!!
    I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.

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    It's FLAT?

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    Hi Stu

    Beautiful work

    But...you are not going to get out of it so easy....

    How did you make the corner splines...

    How you made the "handles" sides...

    Sorry for the beginners questions but, I never did it...

    Happy new year
    Shin nen akemashite omedeto gozaimasu

    niki

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