Weekend Project | Rustic Tray
Home Ideas Magazine - January 2018
- 1 - 6” x 6” fence board : from this board, cut two pieces at 20” and one at 11” in length
- 3/4” brad nails
- Wood stain
- Wood glue
- 2 - cabinet pulls
- Miter saw
- Power drill
- Brad nailer
- Tape measure
- Drill bits
Determine the size of your project
For this project, I decided to make the project 20" in length and two boards wide. You can make it whatever length or width you would like. I cut two pieces of the fence board to 20" (see image 1) and then one piece to 11" (which is the width of two boards next to each other) and cut it in half lengthwise (see image 2).
Attach the boards together
Once all four boards are cut to size, you'll need to attach them together. To hold them in place, I used two clamps to hold one of the longer pieces to my workbench (see image 3), which allowed me to tightly butt the remaining longer piece up to it (see image 4). Apply a generous amount of wood glue to both ends of the long boards (see image 5) and then use your brad nailer to attach two shorter wood pieces to the ends (see images 6-7).
Apply the finish
There are a variety of ways you can finish the piece. For this example, I brushed on and wiped off a coat of a dark Walnut wood stain (see images 8 and 9). After the stain dried, I finished the entire piece with a coat of polyurethane spray.
Attach the handles
For the handles at each end of the tray, I used a set of cabinet pulls (see image 10). To attach the pulls, you can take a tape measure and mark out the points for drilling the two holes and use a drill bit to drill a hole all the way through. The handles are attached through the backside of the tray with the supplied screws that came in the package with the handles.