A Serving Tray
How to use up waste veneers and please the family as well
Synopsis: Lionel Kay chose an X pattern to use up a quantity of narrow mahogany veneer cutoffs left over from another project to make a serving tray with a strip of inlay as a border and satinwood as an additional margin. This quick article shows his design, a photo of the completed tray, and includes directions for making the piece.
It is always a pleasure to find a way to use up what might be called “waste” materials around the shop. My wife had asked for a new serving tray, so I was able to fill her wish with this project and have a lot of fun for myself at the same time.
A classic pattern for laying veneers is known as the “X” design. It is a variation of the diamond pattern. I chose the “X” to use up a quantity of narrow mahogany veneer cutoffs left over from…