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Organize accessories for holiday visitors in these stacked trays you can customize with your favorite greeting.
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From the 3/4-inch round dowel, square-cut an 8-inch piece and a 3-inch piece. On both ends of each dowel, drill centered 1/8-inch pilot holes 90 degrees to the ends.
Holes drilled at the wrong angle will make the dowels touch the trays at a slant. If you have access to a drill press, make a drilling guide by boring a 1/8-inch hole through a piece of 3/4-inch-thick scrap wood. (You can also use a handheld drill and work with the most accurate hole drilled by trial and error.) Press the scrap tight against the end of the dowel over the center and start your pilot hole as far as the bit will reach. Remove the guide, then drill the pilot hole at least 1 inch deep.
Draw diagonal lines on the bottom of each organizer between the corners to find the center. Rest the 15-in x 6-in organizer on scrap wood thick enough to lift the tray off the work surface, and drill a 1/8-inch hole through the center and into the scrap. Repeat for the 9-in x 6-in tray.
Apply wood glue to one end of the 8-inch dowel, and start the wood screw through the bottom of the 15-in x 6-in tray into the dowel. Continue driving the screw until the dowel is snug against the bottom of the organizer.
Avoid overtightening the screw. Too much tension can pull the screw through the thin tray or crack the dowel.
Use pliers to insert a dowel screw halfway into the other end of the 8-inch dowel. Then glue the top of the dowel and add the 9-in x 6-in tray. The long edges of this tray should be parallel with the long edges of the bottom tray. Allow the glue to dry for an hour.
Remove the hardware from the table leg and add glue to the flat surface. Then screw the leg onto the dowel screw. Allow the glue to dry for at least an hour.
Spray at least two coats of chalkboard paint on the finished caddy and let dry overnight before using.
Stock your guest-supplies caddy with scented soaps, shampoo, a spare key, toiletries, or towels.