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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.
 
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Step 1: Needed Stuff

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


Tools:
- 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.
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-amateur2 years ago
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.
agis682 years ago
simple and cute
Jayefuu2 years ago
Very nice! I enjoy dabbling in woodwork but think I depend far too much on a fancy table saw!
Jay, with the right blades and jigs you can do almost all of your woodworking using a good table saw!
hawgnutz2 years ago
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.
sunshiine2 years ago
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!
Sunshiine
ChrysN2 years ago
Gorgeous!
laxap (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
Thank you.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
simple, clean design and the oil coat really brings out the grain (much better than polyurethane)!
laxap (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
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.
Great job!
laxap (author)  Kaptain Kool2 years ago
Thank you.
susanrm2 years ago
Very nice, especially for someone who is elderly or ill.
laxap (author)  susanrm2 years ago
Thank you. I initially planned to use glass instead of plywood, so the final aspect is quite different than expected.