Tyler Morris Woodworking has been making the finest wood serving trays available since 1998.
Since 1998, Tyler Morris Woodworking has been including "Care Cards" with their 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 Tyler to share some helpful, practical advice from two people that have used their trays almost daily for over 15 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— they designed the tray to hold one entire place setting. Also, Tyler's mother has been using one of their 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.
They consider this to be the classic serving tray design, however theirs are made with the highest craftsmanship and artistry. They make their trays in batches of 200.
Made in a 3-person wood shop in Fort Collins, Colorado, this walnut serving tray is the highest quality. The outside dimensions are 14" X 20". It is meticulously sanded and then finished with three coats of satin, clear lacquer, which enables easy clean up of inevitable spills.
Available in Walnut or Maple.
"How do they do that?" Customers (and other woodworkers) often ask Tyler Morris how he creates the 1/32" maple "outline" around their walnut corner splines in their walnut serving trays. Tyler replies, "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."They use Peruvian walnut splines for their maple trays.
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