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MTD Maple Tray
MTD Maple Tray 2
MTD Maple Tray Corner
This tray defies photography or descriptions. It’s made from a stunning piece of Curly Ambrosia Maple, and when sunlight hits the wood, its unbelievable. It would make a fabulous serving board or tray for entertaining. Breads, fancy cheese, sushi, dips & appetizers, or even high tea with scones or biscuits.
This tray design has 4 round maple feet with pads for extra stability in the kitchen, and to protect your surfaces.
The dimensions are 22″ long, 13″ wide and 1.75″ tall.
We use a highly durable & deeply penetrating, hand rubbed oil finish that is non toxic, food safe, and is made from 100% local organic ingredients. Unlike the average ‘beeswax/oil finish’, our product is a true finish in that it penetrates, cures and hardens, creating a protective surface without leaving a oily film or requiring regular maintenance or reapplication. The finish that we use actually saturates the surface of the wood, and hardens to produce a durable, water & stain resistant surface.
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Every piece that comes from my shop begins with the highest quality materials. I individually select each premium board for the specific project. My favorite species are high grade Walnut & fine Cherry, but I also love to work with rare local woods & exotic species such as Purple Heart, Mahogany & Ebony or Bubinga.
Implementing traditional techniques along with unique original designs, each piece is created to ‘heirloom quality’ standards. The use of traditional joinery in my work ensures strength & longevity for years to come. Rather than the more common use of metal fasteners & glue blocks, the joints that are created by the hand fitting process will never loosen or fail.
As the designer and maker, the design process is never complete until ready to ship. Designing & crafting furniture is a living process. From paper to packing crate, my organic techniques will create an item with character & a life of its own. To bring out the wood’s figure, grain & depth, I prefer to apply a hand rubbed finish. This is protective as well as aesthetic, as it draws one into the glowing of the heart of the wood. Every piece of furniture is meticulously hand packed & shipped in a custom package, to preserve your investment.
I build pieces that are intended to stand the test of time and will hopefully become family heirlooms someday. I always use materials and construction techniques consistent with strength and longevity. Careful selection and preparation of materials and hand fitted mortise and tenon joints are no longer a part of common modern furniture making, but in the long run, I believe that the extra time and effort are well justified.
This is a made to order solid wood side or end table made from solid black walnut with a hand rubbed tung oil finish which allows the wood’s natural color and grain figure to show through. Like all of my pieces, it is individually handmade from locally grown hardwood and built to the highest standards using traditional techniques and joinery. This table features mortise and tenon construction; a subtle, graceful original design.
Handcrafting a Walnut Accent Table
MTD Table Hands
Photos from the construction of a custom ordered walnut accent table. This table features some very nice walnut wood, as well as mortise & tenon joinery.