Wooden Tray from Wood Scraps

I built this tray to accompany an ottoman that I recently built. It's made entirely of scraps from older projects (except for the handles).

Step 1: Prepare the Hardwood Floor

Wooden Tray from Wood Scraps
Wooden Tray from Wood Scraps
Wooden Tray from Wood Scraps
Wooden Tray from Wood Scraps

For the base of the tray I used three pieces of hardwood flooring all cut to the same length. I then the tongue off of one of the pieces so that the edges all around would be smooth. I then cut a piece of 1/4" hardboard to the same size as the three hardwood floor pieces and glued the flooring to the hardboard using gorilla glue.

Step 2: Cut and Stain Sides

Wooden Tray from Wood Scraps
Wooden Tray from Wood Scraps
Wooden Tray from Wood Scraps

Once the bottom of the tray was completely dry, I cut pieces of 1x3 boards to fit the sides. I sanded the boards fist with 100 grit and then 220 grit sandpaper and then stained the boards the same color as the wooden base of the ottoman was stained.

Step 3: Attach Sides to Bottom

Wooden Tray from Wood Scraps
Wooden Tray from Wood Scraps

Once the stain dried, I attached the sides to the bottom using wood glue and a brad nailer and 1.5" nails.

Step 4: Add Hardware and Enjoy

Wooden Tray from Wood Scraps
Wooden Tray from Wood Scraps
Wooden Tray from Wood Scraps

The last step is to attach the hardware to the shorter sides. I picked a relatively inexpensive, yet good-looking pair of handles and attached them with the provided the screws. Now the tray is complete and ready to provide a stable and athletically pleasing platform for my parent's new coffee table ottoman.

 
 

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