Building a custom wood tray

We recently completed a custom wood tray for an interior design firm here in San Francisco. We were super excited to partner with them, since we admire their work and eye for detail. 

The project was to create a 16in by 36in wooden tray with 2in walls. The entire tray was to be made out of douglas fir end grain. Part of our process is to sketch out a mock of what we're planning to create. This helps us collect feedback and make sure we're on the same page.

Sketch of custom wood tray

sketch of wood tray

This was a big tray! Given the size and wanting to still use somewhat slim slides of wood, we had to add strengthening units throughout the base. That helped keep the tray sturdy when lifted up by either side.

We also tested out several different staining methods in order to give it just-the-right neutral tone that wasn't too yellow. Douglas Fir typically has warmer tones, so we used a combination of polyurethane and white wash stain. 

We love how it turned out!  Check it out below.

Custom wood tray

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