This rustic and charming wooden tray is a great addition to a masculine and casual office space: Hold office supplies, paperwork or even lunch while you work. With its organic materials, the tray combines texture and color with form and function. You can create this project in an afternoon for under $20.
Cut and assemble boards as shown to make sure you have all the pieces. If you don’t have access to a saw, many times the home improvement store can make the cuts for you on site.
Paint the ends, sides and tops of all eight 18½ x 2 x 1-inch boards. You can use acrylic paint and seal with a sealant after the paint dries for a more durable finish.
Drill two holes, centered and approximately four inches apart on each of the end pieces. These holes need to be large enough to thread the rope through for the handles.
Nail each of the blue painted boards (the bottom pieces) to the end board. If you use finish nails, you may not have to patch. If you use larger nails, countersink the holes and fill them with wood putty. Repeat for the other end board.
When you are finished attaching the end pieces, your tray should look like this. The next step is to attach the side pieces to the tray. Nail the side pieces just as you did the end pieces. The side pieces will run the entire length of the tray.
Now it’s time to add the handles. Use jute rope similar to this one, and cut two 18-inch pieces. Tie one end of the rope into a knot as shown. Thread the piece of rope without the knot into the holes.
The knot should be located inside the tray.
Thread the other end of the rope through the hole. Leave enough slack on the outside to create the handle. Tie off the other end with a knot and pull tight. Repeat for the other side.
Arrange your favorite desk supplies, decorations or paperwork in your new tray, and get to work in style!