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Sports Platters

video Sports Platters
Hello everyone!!  My name is TJ Christiansen.  I am 31 years old(07/15/81) and have been an avid woodworker for most of my life.  I have spent the past five years teaching High School Woodworking and Welding.  I am at a point in my life where I want to use my creativity in a direction that can become more than just a hobby.  These football themed serving trays are just the beginning of me starting my own custom woodworking business. I would like to mass produce these and sell them both locally and online.  After football season is over I would like to continue designing and creating other themed trays such as basketball and baseball in addition to other themes besides sports. 

Using a ShopBot, which is a computer controlled router, I will be able to cut out all of my designs.  A ShopBot will re-cut each serving tray over and over again exactly the same as the last cut.  Each serving tray cuts out in less than 3 minutes on the ShopBot. If I were using traditional woodworking techniques there would be at least one hour’s worth of work per serving tray.

With the prize money I would purchase a ShopBot CNC router for equipment, wood for the materials and the remaining money would go into creating a professional website and putting together a business plan with the help of a marketing team.

Hope you all enjoy eating in style on game day!
I love the platters! I would love one of the football jersey's with my sons jersey number on it! Great idea!
Bunny29301 year ago
These are so unique! How/when can I order a football field serving tray? I am actually going to want two of them.
mary carty1 year ago
I love the trays TJ! Anyone would love one of these. I don't know how you come up with your projects but they are always creative and useful!



jcarty331 year ago
I would love to have a few of these. They would be a nice addition at my bbq's, Good luck,
lalachamp1 year ago
These would be great to bring goodies to superbowl parties, or kids birthdays! I also can think of quite a few people that would love to get this as a gift. I hope it all works out. Best of luck to you!
pparish11 year ago
that's cool man!
Good Luck TJ
You are the most creative guy I know. You are sure to be a success. Great work and good luck on the platters!!
lmhall581 year ago
What a terrific idea! The designs are great and the possibilities are limitless!
These trays are sooo cool! I LOVE the idea for tailgating! Keeping my fingers crossed we'll be able to order them soon- maybe even a Michigan State one? :)
droche19761 year ago
Nice work TJ! They look great. Definitely need to work on a customized MSU version, any way to stain the wood green?
dmurray1 year ago
Great idea and these would make wonderful gifts!
bustleburg1 year ago
What a great idea, especially like the football field. Lots of opportunity for all sports. Seems to me it would be a grillers delight.
roorings1 year ago
This is great. Awesome idea and designs. The perfect fathers day gift and xmas presents for the grillers in my family. I'd for sure take a few this season and next!
acolbath1 year ago
Wow! Love the platters... looks like a must have item for football season!
dlcchx1 year ago
That is an awesome idea. I can use these for many occasions. I hope you start producing these soon. I want to be first on the list.
Tubitz1 year ago
Pretty cool, TJ!

They'd look sweet at the our tailgates!

Go Blue!
These are awesome and loved the video. I need to order about a dozen for Christmas gifts. Can't wait.
Those are really cool; I really like the football field one!
duggerpato1 year ago
Throw some finger holes in there, be even easier :)
SDChargers1 year ago
Could use this in the Qualcomm Stadium lot before games for sure

Good Luck!
tjchristiansen81 (author) 1 year ago
Hey thanks for the support!! Really excited to be a part of this. Hopefully these trays catch a following and I can follow up on your request asap!!!!! Thanks again!!! TJ
I do a lot of grilling on the weekends and I think this is just what I am looking for. Going to be following this contest closely as well as your trays.

Look forward to ordering one of these platters soon. You are right, some of those trays at the store just are not big enough for serving everyone around the BBQ.
boomer121 year ago
Sweet design dude, just showed the family the video and they each want one of those football field trays. Great ideas here.

Hope you have designs coming for basketball season. I could eat some of those ribs off a jersey at tip off, great designs again.
Kiteman1 year ago
Congratulations on your first Instructable! You should mention it on the Rewards for New Authors page!