Hostess Tray

By Crates & Pallet

SKILL
easy

This simple, yet versatile serving tray can go from "breakfast in bed" to "drinks on the deck" with ease. With only 5 pieces to cut, a few nails and some wood glue, this project can be finished in less than a couple of hours. Once finished with the construction, there are a multitude of finish choices for this tray. Whether you choose to stain it, stencil it, paint it, or leave it in its natural state, you will be able to use this serving tray for many occasions and years to come.

Tools

  • Jig Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Multi-Tool
  • Brad Nailer

Accessories

  • 10 PC. ALL-PURPOSE JIGSAW BLADE SET

Materials

  • 1" x 3" x 6' Pine Board
  • 1-1/2" x 18-Gauge Collated Nails
  • 3/4" Plywood
  • Clamps
  • Pencil
  • Pennies
  • Sandpaper: 150g, 220g & 320g
  • Square
  • Towel
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood Glue

Steps

STEP 1

Cut the Base Panel. Measure the base panel and then cut it using your RYOBI Circular Saw. Base Panel Cut: 13-3/8" x 17"

Tools

Circular Saw

Materials

3/4" Plywood
Step 1

STEP 2

Cut Sides & End Panels. Cut 2 Sides & End Panels from the 1x3 using your Circular Saw. Side Board Cut: 18-1/2" x 21/2" (2) End Board w/ Handle Cut: 13-3/8" x 2-1/2" (2)

Tools

Circular Saw

Materials

1" x 3" x 6' Pine Board
Step 2

STEP 3

Mark the Handles. To center the handles and the end panels, mark 6 5/8. The handles need to be 4 inches wide. Mark 4 5/8 and 8 5/8. From the top edge, mark 1/2 inch and 1 1/4 inch. To round out the ends of the handles, use a penny as a template.

Materials

Pencil, Penny
STEP 3

STEP 4

Cut out the Handles. Drill a small pilot hole in order to start cutting with your jig saw. Even up the cut from the back, if needed. Use fine sandpaper to smooth out sharp edges.

Tools

Jig Saw, Drill
STEP 4

STEP 5

Assemble the Tray. Apply a small bead of wood glue along the edge of the base panel. Join one end board. Using your Brad Nailer, place 3-5 nails along the edge. Repeat. Glue the left and right side of the hostess tray, and nail. Wipe off excess glue.

Tools

Brad Nailer

Materials

1-1/2" 18-Gauge Collated Brad Nails
STEP 5

STEP 6

Fill Holes & Sand Tray Use wood filler to fill the nail holes, and use your sandpaper to lightly smooth out sharp edges. You’re ready for decoration!

Materials

Sandpaper, Wood Filler
STEP 6