How to make a serving tray with handles using scrap wood

How to make a serving tray with handles using scrap wood

How to make a serving tray with handles using scrap wood

 So after we made the painted chalkboard tray, we really liked it and decided to make more chalkboard trays. We chose a really simple design and were debating whether to finish it with teak oil or danish oil. Finally we decided to make it with both the finishes, because the process was almost the same for both. So, we're making two different serving trays in this project.

If you missed our painted chalkboard tray project, check it out here.

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Full step-by-step tutorial of building the serving tray

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How to build the serving trays with handles

Step 1: First take a 12 inch wide, ¾ inch thick board and mark a length of 24 inches for the two trays.

measuring the boards using tape
measuring the board to size

Step 2: Cut out boards for both the trays with a circular saw.

cutting the board using circular saw
cutting the board using circular saw
two pine boards
The two boards cut to size

Step 3: Once the boards are ready, sand the boards with a random orbital sander all the way from 120 grit to 220 grit until it is super smooth for applying the oil finish.

sanding boards using sander
sanding the boards using random orbital sander
two sanded boards
both the boards ready after sanding

Step 4: After both the boards are sanded and ready for finishing, first start with the teak oil finish. Apply teak oil liberally on the first board. There's non need to apply teak oil on the center part of the front side of board because that part is to be painted using the chalkboard paint.

apply teak oil on the front side skipping the center part
apply teak oil on the front side skipping the center part
teak oil on pin eboard
applying teak oil on one board

Step 5: Apply teak oil completely on the bottom side of the tray.

Step 6: For the second board apply danish oil similar to how we applied the teak oil.

danish oil on wood board
applying danish oil on the second board

Step 7: 15 minutes after applying the danish oil, wipe down the excess oil from both the boards. Apply another coat of danish oil, if there is unevenness or if you think the appearance is too light.

Step 8: Now it's time to do the painting. Mark an outline 1-1/2 inches from the edge of the danish oil board for fixing painter's tape before doing the painting.

marking outline on board
marking outline on the danish oil board

Step 9: Carefully fix the painter's tape along the outline of the danish oil tray  making sure that it is perfectly straight.

fixing painter's tape on the danish oil board

Step 10: After this, repeat the same steps for the teak oil tray as well.

fixing painter's tape on the teak oil board
fixing painter's tape on the teak oil board

Step 11: After both the boards are taped up, start spray painting the teak oil board. We used Rustoleum chalkboard spray paint for the painting. Shake the can continuously for 1 minute before doing the painting to ensure the paint is uniformly mixed. Spray the paint back and forth with a uniform motion keeping the can about 20 cm away from the board.

spray painting the teak oil board

Tip: For an even finish, keep your wrists straight and spray without rotating your wrists.

Step 12: After the painting, remove the tape. Honestly, it was so satisfying to peel away the tape to reveal the completed tray.

Step 13: After this, apply paint on the danish oil board as well, just like the previous one and remove the tape after painting.

peeling tape from teak oil board

Step 14: After this step fix the tray handles for the teak oil board. Measure and mark the center of the handles and drill the holes for them. Then screw the brass pulls in with a screw driver.

drilling teak oil board for fixing handles

Step 15: Repeat the same steps for the danish oil board as well.

drilling teak oil board

So, that's it! The serving trays are ready to use after a bit of drying. If you maintain it well, this is a gorgeous rustic decor piece for your home. In my opinion the teak oil board looks a tad bit nicer!

Serving tray with teak oil finish
Teak Oil Finish
DIY serving tray with danish oil finish
Danish Oil Finish

If you liked this build, you should check out our painted kitchen tray build with chalkboard paint .

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how to make a serving tray with handles

Yield: serving tray with handles
Active Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: 25 dollars

This is a tutorial for making a DIY chalkboard serving tray using scrap wood lying around in your house.


  • 3/4 in by 10 in board
  • Teak Oil
  • Danish Oil
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Painter's Tape
  • Brass cabinet pulls


  • Circular Saw
  • Random Orbital Sander
  • Screwdriver


  1. Cut the boards to 12 in x 3/4 in x 24 inch size for the trayscutting the boards
  2. Sand the boards up to 220 grit using sandersanding the boards
  3. Apply teak oil finish on the first tray and danish oil finish on the second trayteak oil finish on pine
  4. Fix painter's tape on an outline 1-1/2 inches from the edge of both the boardstape on the boards
  5. Spray paint the board using chalkboard spray paintspray painting boards
  6. Remove painter's tape and drill the holes for the handlesdrilling for handles
  7. Screw the handles in on the trays using a screwdriver.


Fix the painter's tape carefully to avoid any spreading of paint outside the intended portion.

About V Susan

Hi! I'm Susan. I am passionate about DIY projects and dark chocolates! Welcome to MellowPine. We play around with basic woodworking projects, home improvement ideas, and decor for you to try out.


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