Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
Having a wood tray around the house is a MUST! I use them in my bathroom for storage, serving drinks on, delivering breakfast in bed or adding decor for my living room. Want to make one? Check out my 60 second DIY Tutorial and then follow along to learn how!
Step One – Cut Your Wood and Sand
Boards actual size and nominal size are different, which can be confusing when you are new to building. I am attaching a link that shows you the exact TRUE measurements verses what you see labeled in store. Check that out here.
For this project you will need the following pieces of wood:
I use my Ridgid Circular Saw. I mark my lines and cut! Make sure you wear your safety goggles to protect your cute eyeballs.
I like to sand all my pieces before I mount them together because it adds to a more rounded edge look. My Ryobi sander is a great size for my hand and easy for me to maneuver.
Step Two – Make Your Pocket Holes
Have you ever used a Kreg Jig before? I LOVE MINE! It can be intimidating at first, but once you try it you will feel much more confident. I have an entire blog post on learning how to use your Kreg, so check that out here if you need some tips.
You will make two holes on the backside on three of the boards – about 10 inches apart.
(I wasn’t sure which board I wanted as my end board so I made holes on all four boards)
Step Three – Attach Your Base
You will need to use clamps to hold your pieces tight while you drill in your pocket hole screws in. Move them over as you attach each piece.
Step Four – Attach Your Top Piece
Grab four screws that are about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length. Drill the 1×4 pieces onto the cap of each end. You will drill it on the top. Make sure the screws will be hidden underneath the handle bases, so measure for that.
Step Five – Paint
I used my Behr Paint and Primer – this is one of my most favorite paints because it covers so well. I had a white that was custom matched to my house at The Home Depot. Apply 2 layers of paint for durability.
Then I added a Polycrylic layer for additional protection. When painting with white you want a water based top coat so the color will not turn yellow. Here is my favorites:
Step Six – Add Handles
Note: If you buy handles that have back entrance screws on them, this step is much more complicated. My were back end entrance screws so I had to do it this way. I would not recommend it! For this reason I am attaching links to Amazon to see handles that are much easier to use.
As I said above, if you have top mounting handles you will just add those now. Super easy to drill in. Make sure your screws are not too long.
If you bought back mounting handles, it will get tricky. But you can do it.
Then you are all done!
Use it to serve drinks on, for living room decor, or a bathroom catch all! Let us know how yours turns out!