DIY Serving Tray!

This month the Power Tool Challenge gang has decided to repurpose or build serving trays.  So you are going see all the different versions of a DIY serving tray.  

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My tray was made with all materials that I already had on hand, left over from other projects.  So technically, this tray had a $0 investment, outside of my time.  This is my favorite project, using material that I already have so this is less stuff to trip over in my workshop.  

Diy-Serving Tray-wood cuts

I started by cutting my glass piece 12 x 20.  I used to do stained glass work, so I have a lot of glass still on hand and all the tools needed for cutting glass.  Cutting glass is very simple and you only need a glass cutting tool and some glass cutting oil for the tool if you wanted to try your hand at cutting glass.  If not, go to your local store that sells glass and they will sell and cut the glass for you.  Next, you will need to cut your wood to size as well.  I did cut my corners at a 45 degree, but you do not have to, you could assemble as a square.  

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I did get all fancy and routered the bottoms of my tray so I could place the glass in the wood channel of the router line.  I also did a second router line on the bottom to place the back of the tray inside the frame as well.  I did this so I could remove the back and change out the material I placed in between the glass and bottom.  Again, you don’t have to do the fancy cuts.  Just cut your wood frame to be bigger than the glass and you can set the glass inside the tray and still be able to remove.   I assembled my tray with Gorilla wood glue and my Ryobi Air nailer.  I put the three sides together and placed in the glass and completed the last side.  

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I stained the serving tray before I painted in case I wanted to do a distressed look.  I also wanted to see how it looked like with just stain.  

Diy-Serving Tray-painted hardware

I did a quick makeover on these original furniture hardware pieces.  I turned the brass gold into an oil rubbed bronze color.  You can take a workshop on “how to paint furniture hardware” that I created and I cover this technique in that workshop.  

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I used a spray adhesive and glued the fabric to the bottom and placed the bottom on the tray using a point driver.  

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I painted the tray in Amy Howard One Step paint in Vintage Affliction and dark antique wax.  

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Now make sure you go over and check out the Power Tool Challenge Team projects for some serving tray inspiration.  

Power Tool Challenge Team DIY Tray Tutorials

Designed Décor – DIY Serving Tray

Interior Frugalista – DIY Farmhouse Tray

H2OBungalow – Coastal Rope Handle Tray Tutorial

Virginia Sweet Pea – DIY Farmhouse Style Tray

My Repurposed Life – DIY Tray Using Metal Tiles

My Love 2 Create – DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray

Create And Babble – DIY Wooden Quilt Square Tray

The Kim Six Fix – Easy Hexagonal Tray

Domestically Speaking – DIY Coastal Tray


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13 Responses to DIY Serving Tray!

  1. I love how you used glass in the bottom of your tray. I can imagine that it especially looks pretty when the light shines on it at the right angle. I am loving the many designs of trays this month!

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