Introduction: Personal Tea Tray

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For a last-minute gift, I gathered some wood leftovers, and got inspiration from two nice little door handles.

The result is a small, long and modern-styled personal tea tray.

Step 1: Needed Stuff

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- mini door handles,
- wood bard,
- 3mm thick plywood.
- wood glue, linseed oil.

- router,
- drill press,
- saw, sander.

Step 2: Make Grooves

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Make the grooves with the router. Or buy wood bars with a groove already made.

Use a bit for 4 mm wide and 10 mm deep grooves.

WARNING! a router is an extremely dangerous tool. It rotates much faster than a drill, and can cause nasty wounds.
- Wear protection glasses and work gloves
- Tighten wooden parts in a very stable vise
- Hold router with both hands
- Exercise on some scrap wood

Step 3: Cut Wood to Length

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The plywood can be cut with a knife.
Cut the bars to length with a saw.

Step 4: Glue

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Add glue into the grooves, and where the side bars touch each other.

When dry, rectify with a sander. Optionally fill the holes with some wood filler or putty.

Step 5: Make Holes

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Mark the holes positions, drill them.
Drill a blind hole on the bottom side for the screw heads.

Step 6: Oil

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Apply linseed oil, wait, remove excess with a cloth.

Step 7: Final Assembly

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Screw the handles. The screw may need to be cut to length.

Step 8: Finished Product

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That's it.

Wrap it in a nice present paper, together with some tea blends, and make someone happy!


medusaorange (author)2012-01-26

I love the tray!! My husband drinks hot tea all the time and this would be perfect for him!

For the glass, I guess you can just insert the glass on top of plywood! it gives your plywood a protection, but also can see the plywood through it. :)

cnc-amateur (author)2011-12-28

no no no this is a very good project, i personally like it a lot since my tray is already useless i am going to do the same. @Laxap sorry to say i prefer it like you did with plywood (i mean) to avoid scratches and heat from any cracks. thank you very much once again.

agis68 (author)2011-12-26

simple and cute

Jayefuu (author)2011-12-26

Very nice! I enjoy dabbling in woodwork but think I depend far too much on a fancy table saw!

hawgnutz (author)Jayefuu2011-12-26

Jay, with the right blades and jigs you can do almost all of your woodworking using a good table saw!

hawgnutz (author)2011-12-26

Very nice. I think I will make one, but use a stopped groove on the long piece to hide it when you glue up the pieces. Or, make it a mitered corner and it would be hidden, too.

sunshiine (author)2011-12-25

This is beautiful! I can see one of these sitting on my counter! I will have a place to go and find a pattern if and when I do this. Wonderful advantages of Instructables. One stop place for all your needs and it does not require any storage! Thanks for sharing!

ChrysN (author)2011-12-24


laxap (author)ChrysN2011-12-25

Thank you.

mikeasaurus (author)2011-12-24

simple, clean design and the oil coat really brings out the grain (much better than polyurethane)!

laxap (author)mikeasaurus2011-12-25

Thank you. This is really really simple, but I the handles (drawer handles) and wood combination define the style.

I am very fond of linseed oil, for wooden objects, used indoor. It protects well enough against liquids, and gives a silky aspect.

Kaptain Kool (author)2011-12-24

Great job!

laxap (author)Kaptain Kool2011-12-25

Thank you.

susanrm (author)2011-12-24

Very nice, especially for someone who is elderly or ill.

laxap (author)susanrm2011-12-25

Thank you. I initially planned to use glass instead of plywood, so the final aspect is quite different than expected.

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