Build a Super Serving Tray

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Folding legs and fine joinery make this server special.

Sometimes a small project is just the thing to fill up a little bit of shop time. It’s even better when you get the opportunity to transform some scrap stock into a nice gift or an addition to your home. This serving tray scores well on both counts. Folding legs enable the tray to sit flat on a table or have an elevated stance, as shown above. The tray’s laminate-covered bottom can easily endure spills and hot plates. And despite the small size of this project, it contains some nice joinery challenges: corners made with finger joints, and template-routed handles and curves. 

The details ahead show you how to make a single serving tray, but this project lends itself well to making multiples. Once you’ve set up your box joint jig and made the templates, a limited production run is easy to accomplish.

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