Inside: A DIY wood coffee tray from pallets or scrap wood that keeps your coffee essentials all in one place.
Venti, iced, blonde, nonfat latte, with three pumps of vanilla please!
I admit it I am addicted to coffee…well more so Starbucks. In fact, Americans drink about 400 million cups of coffee every day. 66% of women drink coffee every day, compared to men at 62%. Since coffee has a special place in your heart, doesn’t it deserve its own special place on your counter?
Keep all your coffee essentials together with this easy wood coffee tray. And since it’s made with FREE pallets most of the cost comes from purchasing the $6 handles.
This is what my coffee area looked like before. A little overcrowded.
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*Before you get started make sure you have your Safety Gear. For this project, I recommend safety goggles, ear protection, and a P100 mask.
Here is what you need and the steps to make the tray.
TOOLS FOR DIY WOOD COFFEE TRAY
- Tape measure
- Chop saw or miter saw – I use this saw
- Table saw
- Sander or sandpaper – I used 220 grit
- Nail gun – I use this one
- Carpenter square
- Screwdriver or impact driver
SUPPLIES FOR DIY WOOD COFFEE TRAY
- Pallet wood
- 1/4 inch plywood for feet or felt pads (optional)
- Wood glue
- 1 1/4 inch 18 G brad nails
- 5/8 inch 18 G brad nails
- Polycrylic sealer
- Drawer handles – I used these handles
- Rust-oleum Spray Paint in Copper Rose (optional)
- Black paint (optional)
- Spray sealer in Matte – I used this spray sealer (for the drawer handles)
CUTS FOR DIY WOOD COFFEE TRAY
- 2 – pallet pieces 21 x 2 inches (long front and back pieces)
- 2 – pallet pieces 6 1/4 x 2 inches (short side pieces)
- 2 – pallet pieces 20 x 3 18 inches (bottom pieces)
- 4 – 1-inch square pieces of 1/4 inch plywood for feet (optional)
STEPS FOR DIY WOOD COFFEE TRAY
Step 1) Attach one short side piece to a long piece. Apply glue to one edge of the short piece and attach it to the inside of the long piece. Insert a few nails to hold it in place. Use a carpenter’s square to help with alignment. This step creates one side of the frame.
*Not to confuse you with the pictures but it was easier to attach and nail the pieces when I placed all the pieces together and then clamped it in place. As you see in the last photo I ultimately only ended up attaching a long piece and a short piece.
Step 2) Attach one bottom piece to the first two pieces of the frame assembled above. Repeat the same process as above by applying glue to the outside edge and both short ends of the bottom piece and clamp all pieces in place. Nail along the bottom edge of the long piece (the one you just attached in the first step) so it is now nailed to the bottom piece. For the second bottom piece, apply glue to the inside edge and both short ends. This will adhere it to the first bottom piece and the side piece. Nail the bottom pieces in place by nailing the already assembled side piece to both bottom pieces. Use a scrap piece of wood to clamp in place and allow the glue to dry.
At this point, you should have one long piece, one short piece and both bottom pieces attached.
Step 3) This step is very similar to the first step, as now you will assemble the rest of the frame. Apply glue to the short edges of both bottom pieces. Attach the last short piece to the edge of the bottom pieces and nail in place. Add the final long piece by applying glue and nailing in place. Make sure to nail along the bottom edge of the long pieces and along the sides of the long pieces to nail together the short sides as well.
Step 4) As an option you can add some feet or felt pads to give your tray some lift off of it’s surface and to help prevent any scratching on the surface. I used 1/4 inch thick plywood and cut it into small 1-inch squares. Glue and nail the feet in place using 5/8 inch 18G brad nails.
Step 5) Sand your assembled tray. Stain or paint your tray if desired. I left mine as is as I was happy with the way the wood currently looked. Apply a sealer. I applied three coats of a Polycrylic sealer to protect it from coffee stains.
Step 6) Add optional drawer handles. In an effort to add some copper to my kitchen I spray painted the drawer handles and screw heads with Rust-oleum Copper Rose.
But I didn’t want it flashy copper so I smeared some black paint on the drawer handles and screw heads by blotting with a paper towel. This helped tone down the shininess of the copper and give it more of an aged look.
I added a few coats of a spray sealer to the handles and screws to protect them and then I attached the handles to the tray.
Then I added our coffee essentials and gave it a new home on our kitchen counter.
Alrighty guys I am off to Starbucks!
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