I'm going to make two more things for Christmas this year, which will be wooden trays for a decanter set. These will be going to my son
Tony, and soninlaw Lenny. I've had this idea in my head for a few
months now so this should be a fun project to make. The material for
these trays will be figured maple for Lenny, and wenge for Tony. They
will be be 16" long X 6 1/2" wide when finished.


I'm going to add small strips of black walnut to the
figured maple so it has some contrast. Here I'm machining two pieces
that are 1/4" wide each.


I cut one inch strips off each side of the maple and
I'm squaring each side in preparation for gluing.


This should give you an idea of what I came up with
for the design. I let this set overnight.


I'm machining the sides parallel here. And after this
step I machined the ends square to the sides.


Note that I numbered each piece so the grain would
match when I was through.


I'm machining the top and bottom surfaces with a fly
cutter. This was fast and easy because it's being held in my vise.


I'm machining the sides parallel and then I squared the
ends too.


I'm going to cut out a 1 1/2 inch concave radius at each corner
for the maple one only.
The reason I choose this size is because I want it to match the wine
rack that I gave my daughter Stef for her birthday. This way the wine
rack and this decanter tray will look like a matched pair when they're
displayed in their home. I'm laying it out to see if everything looks
right below.


I used my bandsaw to roughout each corner which
worked great.


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