Intro: Idiot Proof Beer Serving Tray.
ever walked around with a serving tray just to knock over all the drinks?
no need to panic anymore, I made some serving trays that make it almost impossible to spill your beer.
here's what you need:
- anti-slip waterproof multiplex (40cm*40cm) 18mm thick for the bottom piece
- waterproof multiplex (40cm*40cm) 18mm thick for the top piece
- some leftover pieces of multiplex to use as spacers
- a pockethole drill
- some screws (inox screws work the best)
Step 1: Cutting the Holes and Grips
first off start by cutting the multiplex into a square piece 40cm by 40cm
round of all the corners and cut in some handles for easy use.
drill the pocketholes - the size of the holes is really up to you (I made 63mm holes) and what you want to serve or carry around (soda-beer-...) I made twelve holes = 2 sixpacks
sand down the holes to make a smooth finish
Step 2: Add the Spacers
next up is to prepare the base: rounding of the corners (you can use the tops as a template - once you have one piece it becomes the template for all the other pieces).
cut some rips of waterproof plywood (about 5cm wide) and screw them to the base (keeping in mind to put the anti-slip side up facing the spacers otherwise it's no use to use anti-slip multiplex) this will keep the bottoms of the glasses in place and stop the glasses from moving around on the base
Step 3: Screw Down the Top
once the spacers are in place screw down the prepared top. sand everything down to a smooth finish.
Step 4: Enhace the Waterproofing
I decided to burn the tops and then finish them with a clear boat varnish to add durability.
first burn the tops
the you sand them down to a very fine finish and varnish everything except the bottom anti-slip part, DO NOT VARNISH THAT!!, the anti-slip wil lose it's purpose and you end up with a slip 'n slide serving tray. trust me.
Step 5: Done
I made a couple of these which are/were used at some summer festivals
I also have one at home to use in our garden and it works great, If you have kids these serving trays are great, they can hit the table numerous times and the drinks won't spill or fall over...unless you fill them to the rim.. then they will spill over, but that's no problem because everything is made out of waterproof wood so if something spill simply hose it down and leave it outside to dry.
now go get yourself a beer and enjoy the rest of the summer.