I made a number of walnut serving trays over the holidays. I wanted them to be simple, circular, and pleasant to the touch:
No build pictures for these. I edge-joined three pieces of walnut together. Then I used a variety of circular shapes – a large plate, a Home Depot 5-gallon bucket, and maybe a few other things – to trace a circle of the right size.
I then cut them with my jigsaw. The circles are not perfect, but that’s OK. I rounded over the edges using the router with a 1/2″ roundover bit, then used a large Forstner bit to drill the finger hold, and rounded over that, too.
I finished them with Tried and True linseed oil and beeswax for a food-safe finish.