So it’s 9 PM, your kiddos are asleep, and you’re an hour deep into a Netflix marathon when that old familiar rumble hits you – no, not the bathroom rumble, the stomach rumble. THE MUNCHIES.
You pause the TV (thank you technology!) and make for the kitchen, where you whip yourself up some tasty snacks (plural, because you don’t do things halfway) and a big drink, and get ready to head back into the living room.
But wait! You are only a mortal human and only have two hands. You can’t possibly carry it all!
Fear not! We have a solution for you, friend.
All kidding aside, this serving tray is incredibly easy to make and requires no serious tools, so anyone can make one. Let’s get started!
8ft 1×4 (anything other than stud stock will be fine – I have made one out of pallet wood too for a rustic look
Two handles (drawer pulls or gate pulls work best)
1″ screws or nails
Clearcoat (polyurethane or some other sealer)
Saw (any saw will make these cuts)
Screwdriver or hammer
Seriously, that’s it. Easy peasy.
Put It Together
First cut your tray slats – I cut these at 18″. You can make these smaller or larger if you want. Then cut your crossbars at 10.5″ to fit across the 3 1×4 pieces.
Then glue and clamp them together. Once the clamps are on, turn it over and put the screws or nails in from the bottom. Honestly the glue will hold just fine without fasteners but I like to be sure it won’t come apart.
Sand thoroughly and wipe clean – then you’re ready for stain!
I used Minwax Red Oak because it’s like my favorite stain color ever. As I’ve mentioned before, using a wood conditioner before the stain will help the wood take the stain much more evenly – you can see in the picture that it looks almost cloudy in places. Conditioning the wood would help prevent that, especially in soft woods like pine.
Once that’s dry, it’s time to finish. I gave this one a few coats of spray polyurethane. You can get a real mirror-like finish by using many coats of poly plus sanding with progressively higher grits of sandpaper in between coats. I didn’t do that because honestly I didn’t have the time and it looks nice the way it is.
When the finish is dry and ready, it’s time for the finishing touch – putting on handles.
It makes a great gift or piece of decor in your house. Or, you know, a junk food carrier during Netflix binges.