Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Pottery Barn Inspired Dawson Tray Table! Um… how cute is this! LOVE this project and I hope you do to! It's part of a large collection we are rolling out and I can't wait to see who builds from it first! Xx… Rayan
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
- Countersink Bit for Drill
- 1” paddle bit or hole saw
- Kreg Jig
- 1 – 1×2 at 6’
- 2 – 1×2 at 8'
- 1 – 1×6 at 8’
- Quarter sheet of ¾” plywood
- 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
- 1-1/4” screws
- Wood filler
- Wood glue
- Finishing Supplies
- 2 – 1×6 at 16-1/2” – Tray Frame
- 2 – 1×6 at 30” – Tray Frame
- 1 – ¾” plywood at 16-1/2” x 28-1/2” – Tray Bottom
- 4 – 1×2 at 37-9/16” – Legs
- 2 – 1×2 at 13-1/2” – Stretchers
- 2 – 1×2 at 15” – Stretchers
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut the angles in the legs as shown using a jigsaw or miter saw.
Cut the pieces for the stretchers. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Attach the stretchers to the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The top stretcher should be parallel to the angle in the top of the leg and the lower stretcher will be parallel with the outside edge of the leg.
Attach the legs to each other as shown using glue and 1-1/4” countersunk screws. Maintain the dimensions shown.
Cut the pieces for the tray frame. Drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter frame pieces. Using a paddle bit or hole saw, drill two holes in the side frame pieces as shown. Draw lines connecting the top of the holes as well as the bottom of the holes, then cut out with a jigsaw to create the handles.
Draw the notches on the lower edges of the longer frame pieces and cut out with a jigsaw. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Cut the piece for the tray bottom. Drill pocket holes as shown. Position the bottom in the frame 1” up from the lower edge and secure using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Attach the leg assembly to the tray using glue and countersunk 1-1/4” screws through the upper stretchers into the bottom of the tray.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
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