How to Make a Wood Serving Tray


Inviting guests into your home is a hospitable way to share camaraderie. One way to get multiple beverages or food items to your entertaining area is to place them on a tray. Building your own serving tray is fairly easy and will provide your guests with a topic of conversation as they see their refreshments arrive.

Step 1

Wearing safety glasses, cut the wood to length. Cut the 3/4-inch plywood to 18 inches long, cut two 1-by-3s to 24 inches long, and cut two pieces of 1-by-3 16-1/2 inches long.

Step 2

Line up the two pieces of 24-inch 1-by-3s on top of the plywood base at the 24-inch edges. Square the pieces so they are at right angles to the plywood with the carpenter's square.

Step 3

Screw the pieces into place with four screws, one on either end and the other two about eight inches apart.

Step 4

Place the 16-1/2-inch pieces of 1-by-3 on top of the plywood at the shorter edges and between the 24-inch boards. Square the pieces to the plywood and the 24-inch 1-by-3 with the carpenter's square. Screw the pieces into place using three screws--one on either side and one in the center.

Step 5

Center the handles along the 18-inch sides of the tray. The handles should be centered on each side and placed about one inch from the top edge. Screw the handles into place.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure the 1-by-3 pieces sit on top of the plywood or the pieces won't fit.

Things You'll Need

  • 24-inch piece of 3/4-inch plywood
  • 4 pieces of 1-by-3 boards
  • Measuring tape
  • Safety glasses
  • Saw
  • Carpenter's square
  • Drill with screwdriver bit
  • Wood screws
  • 2 handles


  • Tray plans
Keywords: serving trays, DIY trays, refreshments

About this Author

R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing for Demand Studios in June 2009.

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