To Be Served in Style

Finish applied
Finish applied

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.

Feet attached before finish applied.
Bottom side with feet attached before finish applied.

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.

Beautiful piece of wood turned into a serving tray.
Beautiful piece of wood turned into a serving tray.

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.

Final product in use.
Final product in use.

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.

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