Thursday, February 2, 2017

How to Build a Reclaimed Wood Serving Tray

I needed a quick and easy building project today because that was all my brain felt like doing, ha-ha! After looking around at my scraps I decided to make a reclaimed wood serving tray.

how to build a rustic farmhouse tray from reclaimed barn wood

I cut three boards 22" long for the bottom of the tray.  The width when these three were put together came to 13 1/2".  I also cute two trim pieces 22" and two 11 3/4" (this will vary depending on the thickness of the wood you are using for the tray edge).
Build an easy tray from salvaged wood
I secured the long tray edges to the two outside bottom boards first, screwing through the bottom of the tray.  Be sure to countersink the screws.  I then put the tray together by adding the short side tray edges, again screwing through the bottom,
Countersink trays on a reclaimed wood tray
I added one screw to each corner.
countersink screws on the corners of the wood tray
Metal handles were added to the ends.
metal handles added to a rustic farmhouse tray
I hand-painted a Montana home on the tray and then stained it.  
hand-paint your favorite state on a wood farmhouse tray

The beautiful, reclaimed wood makes this rustic farmhouse tray not only a useful piece, but a great looking one too!

a rustic farmhouse tray made from barn wood


  1. Loving your new tray, can you ever have too many? Whenever I find a new tray hubs always has to ask, "don't you have enuf trays?" lol
    The MT state with home is so awesome, wish we could say that. Where did you get your MT state shape?
    Been wanting to make some art showing every state we've lived in, been a few in our 48 yrs. together and if I included where we both came from originally would just be couple more.
    We'd just be happy if we could take trip up there, go by to see our old neighbor, cruise around Helena, maybe take ride over Continental divide to see Missoula where hubs worked out of. That is before we get too old to be driving that far.
    Please let me know where you got your MT shape.
    Have wonderful weekend, love your new tray.

    1. Thank you! I got the state shape online, just a free clipart shape. Just type in free state clipart. Although, I have painted it so many ties now I freehand it most of the time. I love trays for corralling clutter. Just makes a group of things look neater on the counter, kitchen table, in the bathroom.

  2. I love this! I may have a new project on my hands now. :)

    Chasity @

  3. I love this project, did a beautiful job with it!

    1. Thanks Linda! It came together start to finish in less than an hour. Think I will make a few more today :)!

  4. Love trays. I've built quite a few & even sold a couple. Just off of Craigslist, but better n' nothin'! Gotta get going on looking for a more lucrative venue. Yours is very nice Becky. Happy Saturday to you.

    1. Thank you Deb. This wood is hardwood, so this is definitely a nice, hefty tray. I am selling it, hopefully, haha!


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