Tony and I bounce ideas off one another from time to time. A couple of weeks back he called and asked what he should put for a finish on a wood serving tray. At the time I had no idea what the project looked like, I don’t even think we discussed what kind of wood it was. We talked through a couple of options, listed a few pros and cons of each and I left him to make his own decision.
He used a couple of drawer pulls for the handles, and attached some feet. He chose tung oil, and I think he chose well. It adds a lot of depth to the wood and it will be renewable. Over time when used as a serving tray, it will likely get rings on it from the glasses or bottles. A quick sanding and a fresh coat of tung oil should renew it quite easily.
This was made from a rough cut plank of black walnut pulled out of a dilapidated barn on a dairy farm in Pierce county Wisconsin. It’s estimated that the wood was stored above the milk house for almost 40 years.
My hat off to you Tony, great project and a wonderful result. One of these days I need to see this in person and will hopefully be served a drink from this beautiful serving tray.