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I ran into this tray while browsing Ana White's site. Here is a link:  http://ana-white.com/2011/04/serving-tray   

It looked easy and something I could do with what wood and materials I had laying around the garage.  Others had made some nice versions of the tray and it would be useful around the home.

Overall size is 27" x 13.5"   Tray size is 21" x 12"

No glue is used except on the dowel handles and the buttons to cover the countersunk screws.

The frame is attached to the tray with 1.5" wood screws.  I added the brass screws at each corner to give it an industrial look. 

I distressed the top edges to accelerate the used look a bit.

Estimated Cost 

About $1.50 but if I had to buy everything it would run about $15.

Length of Time 

A couple of days only because staining and adding the antique oil finish takes forever!

Lumber Used 

All pine

Finishing Technique 

The tray is built of pine.  I sanded everything to 320 grit and the exposed areas to 1000 grit. I know that is over-kill but it was fun.  I cleaned between sandings with mineral spirits which also act as a wood pre-conditioner.

The frame is stained with black Kona and the tray with Cherry with a little Kona in it to darken it a bit.

Finally two applications of antique oil finish.

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