Tis the season and I, for one, am very much all about respecting my need for downtime during the holidays this year. That discipline includes several breakfast-in-bed-just-for-me scenarios. If you’d like to indulge in this downtime treat yourself, then read on for a simple DIY made with our friends at Fiskars in mind. You may remember our “yay yay yay!” post earlier this month where we introduced their new, easy-to-use line of precision tools for makers, artists and DIYers. Today’s Pine Serving Tray DIY is inspired by those tools, with a big hello and nudge to the hand saw that fits in one’s hand like a bouquet of flowers.
Note that if you have some wood lying around from another project or maybe just an unused wall shelf, just grab the new Fiskars saw and trim it down to a tray size that works for you. Pine is a great choice this season since it screams “hygge,” but if you’re over it, find a piece that works for you, obviously. And, of course, if the holidays energize you and you’ll find yourself awake at 5am each day humming “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” you can probably whip up this DIY before anyone else in your household wakes up — and then you can surprise them with breakfast in bed. In either case, this serving tray should be on your to-do list and a few of the new Fiskars precision tools should be tucked into your stocking. Happy holiday making! –Caitlin
*Special thanks to DIY maven & Design*Sponge alum, Francesa Stone, for this fantastic project and photos! Visit her blog, Fall for DIY, here for more great DIYs.
- (2) Cabinet pull fronts – We like these!
- (2) Cabinet pull back-end screws (these usually come with the front cabinet pulls, but just double check!)
- Pine wood plank (or your choice of wood) 1/2″ thick
- 1/2″ Wooden Dowel
- 7″ Fiskars Precision Hand Saw
- Felt square
- Fiskars Precision Shears
- Wood glue – We like Evo-Stik
- Fiskars Precision Hand Drill
- Measuring Tape – We love the new Fiskars tape measure.
Step 1. If your wood is too large or long to easily handle as a tray, use your wood saw to trim the wood to a manageable size.
Step 2. Measure and mark where to drill the holes for the handles. Keep them in the center of the wood base and 1″ from the edge. Do this at both ends.
Step 3. Drill the holes slightly bigger than the screws, but smaller than the handle stem diameter at the points you previously marked.
Step 4. Screw the handles onto the wood base.
Step 5. Measure out and mark (4) 2″ increments along the dowel. These will be the “legs” on the base of the tray so try to be as accurate as possible to keep the tray level. Use a saw to cut through the dowel at these points.
Step 6. Sand any rough edges from the legs and glue into each corner of the base on the opposite side to the handles.
Step 7. Add wood glue to one end of each of the tray legs. Place the legs glue side down, pressing them into the wood. Let dry and cure according to the wood glue package instructions.
Step 8. Once the legs are dry, cut out felt rounds to glue to the bottom of each leg. Again, let dry, preferably overnight and, in the morning, you’ll be ready to load up your tray and head back under the duvet in the morning!
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