When I first started working with reclaimed lumber, I being of very little carpentry skill, tried different projects that were simple but fun and useful.
One of the first items I made was Table Trays or you could also call them TV Trays, Homework Trays, Bed Trays…or Just Serving Trays !
So here are the easy steps to make your tray…
Pick out wood, try to find pieces without cracks, and cut to size. This tray I actually used 5 inch fencing rather than the 7 inch I normally use.
Cut two boards in 24 inch lengths…completed size 10 x 24.
Also cut 4 : 3 inch x 10 inch pieces for stands. You can either buy new wood for this or rip existing reclaimed wood at 3 inch strips. In the photo below you will see I used both.
Next step is to sand with coarse sand paper. This wood has really raised grain so it it takes a bit to get both sides smooth enough to eat off of.
Really important to always wear a mask and protective glasses when working with re claimed wood!
Align Wood then pre drill countersinking to ensure the screws are flush with wood
Assemble all 6 pieces then do a final sanding to make sure all the corners line up and are smooth to the touch, especially on bottom side as it may be used as lap tray and you don’t want to snag clothing.
Wash and dry wood then add 2 coats of Wood Safe Mineral Oil for Butcher Block to seal wood.
This is a must if you are using to serve food!!
Now its time to chose your handle. You can find a 5″ gate handle that usually runs around $5 at Lowe’s or Ace Hardware.
I did a search on Etsy and found a killer 6″ Barn Door Handle for $8. No shipping charge.
I will add the link at the end of my blog where you can find this handle.
Measure, pre drill and attach handle to each side….
That’s it…you just completed your first tray.
There are so many ways to use your tray…TV Tray, Reading Lap Tray, Serving Tray or just for decor.
Have fun changing it up!
Two different styles…same concept!
This one is made with 7 inch fence wood making it 14 x 24. Great especially for Table Tray used to display decorative items.
I Love this narrower tray especially when using it as a lap tray.
I like painting trays white and red as well. But my favorite will always be the raw wood.
We sell this tray with the Industrial handle for $50, but give it a try.
If you decide you would rather keep your nails clean ( mine are a mess) email me or make a comment below and we’ll make arrangements to make a customized tray just for you.