PRESENTATION TRAY 4
A large Presentation Tray in American Black Cherry with contrasting heart and sap wood, and the black and yellow markings of early stage spalting. 25" long x 6 3/4" wide x 2 3/4" high, 1" thick.
This is one of our original styles of tray, made from cut-offs that would otherwise of been thrown away, not used usually because their distinctive markings, figure, or imperfections did not fit within the larger project they were culled from. The "feet" are actually tapered dovetail battens driven in tight in a tapered dovetail groove so to keep the board flat. Traditionally, these were square or rectangular in section with the dovetail key cut along one edge; here, though, I have made the entire batten dovetail shaped to give the piece a lightness or lift — like it's on its toes — and some dynamism that the traditional approach lacks.
See also SERVING BOARDS for a different style of tray.