These past couple months have been particularly trying. A trip to India, a demanding work schedule, three sick kids, Thanksgiving, followed by own sickness, really did me in. Christmas is quickly approaching and I’ve only just started to pull together ideas for Christmas gifts. When did December roll in and how is Christmas only two weeks away!?
I did manage to carve out a bit of time this week to crank out a Christmas gift, perfect for any adult, really, due to its versatility. Trays like this one, though obviously functional as a serving tray for guests, are also great to pull together odds and ends (books, flowers, candles, etc.) to display on a coffee or end table. My serving tray was simple to make and cost very little for the materials. Wooden serving trays can cost $50+ so this was a steal at less than $15 in (extra savings for wood stain on hand!).
1, 1″ x 4″ x 8′ pine board, cut to four 24″ long pieces
1, 1″ x 2″ x 8″ pine board, cut to two 13.5″ long pieces (or the total width of your above four boards)
2 drawer handles w/screws
First, cut your boards (or have your local hardware store cut for you!) so you have four, 1″ x 4″ x 25″ pieces and two, 1″ x 2″ x 13.5″ (or the total width of your four boards) pieces. *Note that lumber measurements are often generic therefore a 4″ wide board at your hardware store may actually measure 3.5″*
Sand your boards on all sides and edges by hand or with an electric sander (my favorite tool!),
Once the wood glue has dried, drill a 1/2″ wood screw into each of the four corners on the bottom of the tray. *Do not drill into the two middle boards as you will ultimately attach with the handle screw*
Use a clean, dry cloth to stain the tray with two coats. Allow to dry thoroughly. Once dry, apply a coat of polyurethane to finish.
Once the stain and finish are thoroughly dried, measure and mark the distance of the handle, centering on either side of the tray. Be sure to mark the center of the handle holes, where the screws will be drilled into.
Using a drill bit measuring the width of the handle screws, drill a hole through the entire depth of the tray, one for each handle screw (two at each side).
Fix the handle onto the screws before completing screwing through so the handles are ultimately screwed flush to the top of tray.
Your tray is complete! Such an easy, yet great gift!
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