Project Overview

Having breakfast in bed is a treat at home and it can be even more special when it’s brought to you on a homemade pine serving tray. This easy-to-follow guide shows you all the tools and equipment you need and the simple steps to make your very own serving tray.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your timber
2 Mark up for the tray handles
3 Drill holes in the timber
4 Cut out the handles
5 Attach the timber ends to the base
6 Connect the tray ends together
7 Putty any holes or gaps
8 Stain the tray
  • Step 1. Cut your timber

    After you’ve decided how big you want your pine serving tray to be, you can make the job easier by having your timber pre-cut at your local Bunnings. We cut our plywood board to 500mm x 350mm, 2 pine lengths to 312mm and two pine lengths to 500mm.

  • Step 2. Mark up for the tray handles

    On the two shorter pieces of timber, mark out where you want your handles. The easiest way to do this is to first make a mark in the centre of the timber. Then measure and mark the same distance in from the timber ends.

  • Step 3. Drill holes in the timber

    Clamp the timber to the workbench. Use the drill and spade bit to create two holes in the timber where you have marked out at the ends of the handles. These holes will allow you to get your jigsaw into the timber to cut the handles.

  • Step 4. Cut out the handles

    To cut out the handles, line up the two holes you’ve drilled with a straight line between the tops and bottoms of the holes. This will give you two cutting lines. Then with your safety glasses and earmuffs on, use the jigsaw to cut along the lines for your handles. 

  • Step 5. Attach the timber ends to the base

    Apply wood glue to the bottom of the four timber pieces and lay them out in your tray shape. Then place the base of the serving tray on top of the timber and stick down. Make sure the corners are square, then use the nail gun to secure the base to the timber sides.

  • Step 6. Connect the tray ends together

    Turn the tray over and with a nail gun, secure the sides of the tray together. Wipe off any excess glue that you make along the way. 

  • Step 7. Putty any holes or gaps

    Use a putty knife to apply putty to cover any holes or gaps on the tray. Wait for the putty to dry. Then with a dust mask on, sand the tray back so that it’s smooth all over.

  • Step 8. Stain the tray

    Choose the wood stain that suits your décor and apply it all over the tray. To give the serving tray a better finish, you can let the first coat dry, lightly sand it back and then apply a second coat of wood stain.

Tools and Materials


  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • 28mm spade bit
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Jigsaw
  • Nail gun and nails
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Putty knife
  • Safety gloves
  • Tape measure


  • 900mm x 600mm x 9mm plywood sheet
  • 1.8m x 64mm x 19mm treated pine
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Hickory stain
  • PVA wood glue
  • Wood putty

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