December is here and it is officially the Christmas Season. It’s time for last minutes preparations before house guests begin to invade. From visiting family members to party guests, we’ve got just the thing to make your guests want to come back next year. This cedar serving tray is perfect for setting out appetizers or serving your mom breakfast in bed.
It’s quick to make and so versatile that you’ll want two or three on hand. Keep reading to learn how to make this aromatic cedar tray.
- CedarSafe Tongue and Groove Planks
- Glue (We used Loctite Power Grab All-Purpose Glue)
- A Saw
- Ruler and Pencil
- Handles (We used a set of bronze drawer pulls)
Start by deciding the width and length of your tray. We made it easy and chose 10 7/8″ x 18 1/8″ (3 plank widths x 5 plank widths).
These are the cuts you need to make:
- 5 plank pieces 10 7/8″ long
- 1 plank piece 11 3/8″ long (cut in half lengthwise)
- 4 plank pieces 18 1/8″ long (cut 1 piece in half lengthwise)
When all of your pieces are cut, lay the three long pieces side by side, fitting the tongues into the grooves. Glue the short pieces on top as shown below.
Allow the bottom of your tray to dry, while attaching the handles to your side pieces. We simply drilled two holes where our handles would go, and attached them according to the directions. You may need shorter screws depending on the style of handles you chose. Alternatively, you could use bits of rope or leather for a rustic look.
Flip the bottom of your tray over, so the three longer planks are on top. Apply a line of glue to the bottom of each long side piece and attach them to the bottom of your tray. Then apply a line of glue along the bottom and sides of each short piece, and attach them to the rest of the tray.
Let your tray dry according to the directions on your glue, and then get to hosting! Be sure to share your tray on our Facebook Page!