How To Make a Serving Tray for Breakfast in Bed

How To Make a Serving Tray for Breakfast in Bed

Who doesn’t love being spoiled with breakfast in bed? Poached eggs, bacon, avocado and toast … Yum! Have you thought about wow’ing your loved one by serving everything up on a tray made from scratch by YOU?!

The following steps will show you how easy it is to make your own tray in a few simple steps, leaving you plenty of time to focus on making the perfect poached egg.

DIY Project Steps

1. Prepare your timber

Have your timber cut to size by one of our friendly Team Members in-store.  

We’ve gone with 290mm x 19mm pine at 500mm long for the base and 42mm x 19mm for the end panels, but you can go with whatever size you like; you can use different lengths and widths, so you have variation in size of your tray. 

2. Assemble your tray

Apply an even layer of PVA wood glue to your end panels on either side of the base. Make sure the end panels are aligned on the short size of the base.

Tip: Use cardboard to spread the glue 

3. Clamp in place and leave to dry

Clamp the two parts together while the glue dries to ensure a tight bond and they stay in place.

Allow the glue to dry completely before handling the tray. Wait for at least 30 minutes to allow time for the glue to take hold. Keep in mind the drying time can vary depending on the type of wood and the temperature.

Tip: Use a rag to wipe away any excess glue

4. Apply your choice of finish

Apply your choice of finish, we’ve gone with a walnut interior stain. Make sure to apply the stain evenly, working with the grain of the wood. Let the stain dry completely. We used one coat for ours and left it to dry outside for an hour.

Tip: If you want a deeper colour, you can apply a second coat of stain after the first coat has dried

5. Screw your handles on

Choose the location for your handles on the end panels and mark the position where you will be screwing them in. Using a drill to screw the handle in to place and you’re done.

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