Bending a Tray
An experiment with lamination
Synopsis: Jere Osgood’s serving tray introduces the woodworker to bending a simple lamination. The tray can be made entirely with hand tools and clamps, although a tablesaw and a bandsaw or jigsaw are a great help. The bottom is best made of good-quality plywood; the handles are of walnut and the sides are four laminations of 1/16-in. mahogany. Osgood explains how to line the form and which glue is best. He tells you how to clamp and mark the sides, make the mortise-and-tenon joint, and finish the piece.
The serving tray described here is designed to introduce the woodworker to bending a simple lamination. The project is small and easily modified to suit your own taste, yet making it will give you the experience you need to apply the process to your own work. It can be made entirely with hand tools and clamps, although a table saw and…