Antique Dough Tray Coffee Table

I have always wanted to create a table like this but often these dough tray have round bottoms which you can’t attach legs to, or the well is too deep, etc. I have always loved dough trays since they are carved out of one solid piece of wood!

This one has a nice flat underside for table legs and a nice flat top side for a table surface.

I start by adding several coats of clear lacquer to give it a clear, shiny protective finish without taking away from its original patina.

I wanted the table to be unique so I decided to add removable, sliding trays to the top. I bought a piece of cherry for a contrasting wood color and cut it into 3 pieces.

In the summer of 2020, my husband and I built a Lichtenberg Wood Burning Tool, also called fractal burning. Fractal burning occurs when a conductive solution is applied to the wood and then electricity is introduced via 2 electrodes wired from a transformer (microwave). As the current tries to connect, the high voltage burns river like patterns into the wood.

I then added colored epoxy resin to the burn patterns, blocks to the underside so the trays do not fall off and also felt pads so they slide smoothly and don’t scratch the dough tray.

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