Classic Wood Serving Trays / Ottoman TraysShips today if ordered by 4pm MST.
Fine American Hardwoods. We offer our wooden serving trays in four American hardwoods; walnut, maple, cherry, and red oak. Strong and attractive, the corner joints of our serving trays are glued, then reinforced with Peruvian walnut splines.
Designed and Built in Fort Collins, Colorado. We've been making the finest wood serving trays available since 1998.
Beautiful and Durable Finish. Our wood serving trays are finished with three coats of satin, clear lacquer, which enables easy clean up of those inevitable spills.
We also offer our oak serving trays unfinished. They are completely sanded and ready for you to stain, paint or provide a clear topcoat. These are available at $75.
Specifications. The outside dimensions of our trays are 14" X 20". Our solid wood sides are 9/16" thick. The handled ends are 2 1/4" tall and the height at the corner joints is 1 1/2". The bottoms are 1/4" solid wood veneer and have our logo burned into the corner of the bottom face. Considering their strength, they are as light as possible, weighing between 3 lbs and 3 lbs 5 oz for the 14x20.
"How do you do that?"
Customers (and other woodworkers) often ask us how we create the 1/32" maple "outline" around our walnut corner splines in our walnut and cherry serving trays. Well, it requires an intense amount of accuracy and patience. First, we cut the eight corner slots in the assembled serving tray at .250". Then we prepare the spline stock. We start with milling 2' long sticks to create "sandwiches" of .125" maple/.185" walnut/.125" maple, then glue .125" maple onto one edge of the sandwich. We then saw and sand the glued-up spline material to .250" thick and prepare the maple edge to .030" thick. We then glue the splines into the slots and sand them flush with the sides. It's a lot of work, but we feel that it's beauty is worth the effort.
Since 1998, we have been including "Care Cards" with our Classic Serving Trays that state, "Your serving tray has been finished with lacquer. Use a damp cloth to clean and then dry." This still holds true. However, allow me to share some helpful, practical advice from two people that have used our trays almost daily for over 10 years.
Steve Wright, the shop manager, and his wife have a very good tip. They put a placemat in their tray. The interior dimensions of our Classic Serving Trays are 13" X 19", which is the most common placemat size. This is no coincidence— we designed the tray to hold one entire place setting.
Also, my mother has been using one of our cherry trays for a long time also. She regularly practices the "use a damp cloth to clean and then dry" routine and furthermore warns not to place the tray in a sink full of water. Also, she applies furniture polish, like Pledge, about once a month. Furniture polish protects against wear because it reduces friction, so objects tend to slide over the surface rather than digging into it. It also increases the sheen and makes the wood appear richer. If properly maintained, your serving tray will remain in service for a very long time.