Due to the holidays, our Customer Engagement Center is closed on Thursday and Friday, 11/26-27. Please note, any inquiry submissions during this extended weekend might result in a delayed response.

  • Home
  • Projects
  • Crafts & Decor
  • [#<Breadcrumb:0x00007f91f8479fa0 @title="Home", @path="/nation">, #<Breadcrumb:0x00007f91f8479ca8 @title="Projects", @path="/nation/projects">, #<Breadcrumb:0x00007f91da47aba8 @title="Crafts & Decor", @path="/nation/how-tos/category/crafts-decor">]

Hostess Tray

  • June 16, 2015


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.

Show More

Print Options

  1. Project Steps

    1. 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"

    2. 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)

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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 AirStrike, place 3-5 nails along the edge. Repeat these steps on the other end. Glue the left and right side of the hostess tray, and nail. Wipe off excess glue with a clean towel.

    6. 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!

Comments (1)


  • Useful this tray. I liked it. L.ZACCARO
    By luiz_zaccaro, on December 21, 2015

Members Also Viewed

Print Options

Print Project

back to top?

Asset 1

Join RYOBI Nation

We're so glad you're here! Let's get started.

Welcome to Ryobi Nation!

Please confirm your email address.

Welcome

Let's build your project feed!

Select some categories to pick the kinds of projects that show up on your home page:


Welcome to Nation

welcome_r2 graphic
Welcome to your RYOBI Nation quick start guide, a fast and easy way to see everything that's waiting for you!
project_feed_r1 graphic
Your feed shows the latest projects from the categories you’ve selected, right on your homepage!
upload_r2 graphic
Are you working on something awesome? Upload your DIY projects today, and share with other members.
contests_r2 graphic
We award monthly and annual prizes for the best projects, worth up to $2500 in RYOBI tools! That’s a lot of hardware, and it could all be yours.
connect_r2 graphic
RYOBI Nation is a positive connection between people who are creating great things.
You can follow fellow members, like their projects, and comment to let them know they’re doing a great job.
notifications_r1 graphic
Come back to RYOBI Nation often to see what is new and to stay in touch.
If you're on a mobile device, don't forget you can add RYOBI Nation to your home screen for quick access to your project feed.

Update Image

Hostess Tray

by Crates & Pallet
Jun 16, 2015

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.

Project Steps

  1. 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"

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 AirStrike, place 3-5 nails along the edge. Repeat these steps on the other end. Glue the left and right side of the hostess tray, and nail. Wipe off excess glue with a clean towel.

  6. 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!