A Butterfly Tray

Another project created by my experimenting with the laser.
Create a panel, then find a project that incorporates that panel

This time it was to play with dyeing (again).

The Tray.

Simple shape that I already had the handle templates from a previous version. I was able to knock the tray frame out over a weekend.
All walnut, 4/4 handles and 4/4 re-sawn in half for the sides.

Dados to trap the bottom panel and also attach the sides to the handles (slanted at 22.5 degrees)
1" long copper rivets reenforce the joints.

Felt feet inset into the bottom (back/bottom of the panel is veneered with Tamo ash)
Panel is 12"x10", sides are 2" tall.

Finish on everything is Mohawk vinyl sealer and satin precat lacquer.

The Panel.

Field is Karelian birch, butterflies are fumed etimone (black). The green/red are anigre dyed with TransTint, wish I went a bit stronger in the color.
The side profile butterfly was a bit of a disappointment as it looks "funky", body used sapele.

Thanks for looking.


Looks spectacular!  Super nice finish on the wood too.  Sweet!


Nice tray Splint!

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

Real nice looking tray.  Nice placement of the butterfly excrement
id say you nailed it man.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

It looks wonderful Splinter. I think the the colors came out just right. Maybe next time you can show us how you cut out the marquetry or inlays and how you dyed them and any other things you can share. 

The walnut is a good choice. Or is it? Watch out for the Walnut People!
Splint, this is great!  You really nailed it....love the butterflies....


Excellent work.   Love the butterflies.    


Thanks people!

Excrement Hah! 🤠 Never though about that, but now I can't get it out of my mind. Probably easier to deal with than the mouse, toad, roadrunner, squirrel, fly, roach, and all the other "leavings"

I'm safe from the Walnut People, protected by an army of hungry squirrels. 🧐

I have bits and pieces of the process posted in various forums, but I'll get a blog with the process from start to end at some point. Problem is I always stat off thinking this is just an experiment and if I try to photo-documents it all, Something will go horribly wrong.

Pottz, Mike, no nails! those are copper rivets dag nabbit!

Beautiful! Nicely done. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

I like what you are getting done with that laser Bruce. Tempting all of us to buy yet another tool. :-)
Beautiful tray, Bruce!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Great job Splinter... you turning into a carpenter... you nailed it!

Timbermate ebony backfill could make the tray into a functional piece (if not just for show and already is... a pour of some "layered chems").  Sorry, that's my limit of fancy so I'll spruik it whenever I can.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Cool project!

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - https://timetestedtools.net and https://diy.timetestedtools.net

Thanks guys!

LBD, I use black dye in the veneer glue so anyplace it tries to push through is "invisible. Also use black dye in the pore filler for the same use around the inlay seams.

Can the TM be diluted to about toothpaste viscosity?
this is very kewl tray from wood to butterflies GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


The tray is a great showcase for your veneer skills.  Really impressive!
I like how the birch grain makes the butterflies look like they are flying!  very nice design and execution but I think 3 butterflies may fight... 

No name noobie here

Beautifully done with so many well-done details that set it apart.  Love the angles on the sides and the copper rivets.  The panel is too pretty to cover with items to carry!
Nicely done splint, you're getting damn good at these laser panels