Custom Serving Trays and Coasters


This is another go at making more generally practical, household items that people might consider given as really sweet gifts. They can take quite a while to make, especially with the rather simple workshop that I have at my disposal at the moment. The end result is really pleasing to me, though.

Tools used

  • Home-made router and jigsaw table
  • Various router bits
  • Mitre saw
  • Random orbit sander
  • Glue clamps
  • Brushes for glue and finishes

Supplies Used

  • High quality plywood
  • Oak plank
  • Wood glue
  • High gloss oil based varnish
  • Polyurethane varnish
  • Water to rinse brushes

Marauders Map Serving Tray

Copying the Images

I let the varnish dry completely. Even though it should only really take a few hours, I make sure to leave the the it for at least two days. Afterwards, soften up the paper with water. I love this stage, because you really get to see what the image will look like on the board. For the paper to come off properly, without taking the image with it, it is vital that you let it soak completely.

Building the frame

Second Serving Tray


Selecting and Transferring

Making the Trims and Lessons of Lacquer

Finishing up

Behold some very aggressive coaster-turning

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