Picture of Wood serving tray with folding stand
This project was born out of necessity and a serious case of cabin fever. I have recently sold all of my furniture in preparation for a mobile lifestyle. My biggest hack yet! I had figured a nice wooden tray and stand could be a useful item to have. So I rummaged through what was left in the house, found some wood, and sat down to come up with this tray. 

I have no table saw, band saw or any other shop type equipment. All the tools I used I can carry in my 5th wheel. Any handy man is likely to have them.  The materials I have used are whatever I found remaining in the house. That being said, the laminated press board I used to make the tray with is probably not the best material since the edges will not be that pretty (unless you know how to laminate the edges). Some extra work was required of me since I made many of the pieces that could otherwise be purchased. found, or cut using better techniques or equipment.

Experienced wood workers, please feel free to leave comments. I'm sure there is a lot I could learn!

If I could make this with hand held tools, scrap material and limited experience, anyone should be able to do this project.

rachel1 year ago

very nice! And it looks lovely, especially considering the constraints you built it under.

Todd Gehris (author)  rachel1 year ago

Thank you. I was surprised, it turned out a lot better than I expected. It just took a lot longer with the tools I was using.