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As part of the annual fall “cleaning/clearing” of the shop the cut off bin yielded a number of sticks that could be glued into a reasonably useful 1” slab. The question of course, useful for what? Well, SWMBO settled that with a request for a tray and a smaller version of Herb’s iPad stand featuring a 30 degree angle for use on the counter for reading recipes etc. of course completing one required another for a friend.
The first step, to ask the neighbor to re-saw the slab which was accomplished easily. A few passes through the 735 yielded smooth 3/8” thick slabs which were then resized for the iPad stand and tray. The plans for the tray were based on the “Arch-handled serving tray” from a 2014 issue of WoodMagazine. So, overall the projects were a bit of a community effort.
I used WATCO Natural Danish Oil was the finish for both projects.
 

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those are SWEET!!!!
 
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And that is why you should never throw away small pieces of wood. Nice.
 

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And now I feel lazy....extremely nice set of projects. One question, I notice the handles are one inside and one outside. Is this correct or just my bad interpretation of what I'm looking at?
 

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Wow, Jon. Those look absolutely amazing! Love the colors.
 
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And now I feel lazy....extremely nice set of projects. One question, I notice the handles are one inside and one outside. Is this correct or just my bad interpretation of what I'm looking at?
Steve: your view is a quirk of the photo which fails to show that the handles actually come down on both sides of the tray edge. Cutting that dado 1 1/4” deep was an interesting process.

Appreciate the thoughts.
 

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Appreciate the comments from one and all.

Once the tray was finished I began to wonder what it might look like if the center section between the 2 pieces of walnut were extended up the end sections to bring more color. The original plan also called for hidden vertical splines in the corners to brighten them. Thoughts for the future?
 

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Very nicely done
, does not look like scrap to me
 
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