Test your knowledge on wood joinery!
This project is great for beginners that don’t have a lot of experience with tools because it only requires a saw, hammer, drill, and screw driver. If you don’t have a saw you can always ask the store to make the cuts for you OR join our Facebook group and makes friends with someone who will let you borrow theirs.
- Drill with 3/16″ bit
- 1x2x8 (1)
- 1x4x8 (1)
- wood glue
- 1 1/4″ brad nails (8)
- cabinet handles (2)
STEP 1: MAKE YOUR CUTS
Cut (4) 19″ lengths of the 1×4 – these boards will become your base
Cut (2) 14″ lengths of the 1×2 – these boards will help hold everything together and where you will attach your handles
STEP 2: GLUE IT TOGETHER
Place wood glue between where each 1×4 will touch.
Also place glue on the bottom side of the 1×2 before place on top of the 1×4 boards.
STEP 3: HAMMER TIME
Hammer (8) brad nails into the 1×2 where it meets each end of the 1×4 pieces. Be careful to not place your nails too close to where you will drill holes to attach your handles. If you prefer to not have you nails showing, you can also assemble upside down and hammer your nails through the bottom of the tray.
STEP 4: DRILL
Mark and drill the holes for your handles.
STEP 5: APPLY PAINT OR STAIN
Keep your handles clean by painting or staining your tray before installing them.
STEP 6: INSTALL HANDLES
Use a screwdriver to attach your handles. The longer screws that come with your handles should be just long enough to reach through the 1 1/2″ thickness with just enough threads exposed to attach to your handles.
STEP 7: HAVE A PARTY
Show off your serving tray to all your friends.