This DIY wooden tray is a simple project, great for beginners! It can be used as a stylish serving tray or just a decorative piece around the house.

Difficulty easy


Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Saw
  • Drill


Wood Products

  • 1 Project Panel , 15 3/4" x 11" , 3/4" thick
  • 1 Pine Board , 1x3x6 , 1x3

Hardware & Supplies

  • 12 1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws
  • 1 Sanding Block
  • 1 Stain or Paint
  • 2 Drawer Pulls/Handles

Cut List & Parts

  • 1 Project Panel (for bottom of tray) , 15 3/4" x 11"
  • 2 1x3 boards (front and back rim of tray) , 17 1/4" long
  • 2 1x3 board (side rims of tray) , 11" long


  • Cut Your Wood

    Cut your wood to specified dimensions. (Can be modified to your preferences depending on how large you want your tray to be.)

  • Drill Pocket Holes

    Drill 3 pocket holes along each side of your project panel. I used the Kreg Jig 520PRO for this.

  • Sand

    Sand edges smooth.

  • Attach Your Wood

    Using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws, attach your tray sides to the project panel, ensuring that your pocket hole screws will end up on the bottom of the tray.

  • Drill Holes for Handles

    Measure your handles to see how far apart the holes need to be. I recommend using a piece of painter's tape as a template and marking where the holes should go, then placing that on the sides of the tray and drilling through it.

  • Paint or Stain

    Paint or stain your tray according to your preference. I used a special walnut stain for this one.

  • Add Handles

    Add your handles, and enjoy!