Drawer pulls and a couple of flooring tiles make a snazzy serving tray. Leave it unpainted for a simple-yet-elegant look, or deck it out in gold and silver to make it pop at parties!
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Have a Lowe’s associate cut two 12-in x 12-in tiles to 9-in x 12-in. Measure the cabinet pull screw spacing and use a tile bit to drill 3/16-in handle holes 1-in in from the cut edges (Project Diagram). For a no-cut tile option, adjust the length of the sides to account for the full 12-in x 12-in tiles.
For the side supports A (Cutting List, Cutting Diagram), cut two pieces of 1/2-in-in-square dowel to the combined length of the two tiles.
Due to variations in tile dimensions and the accuracy of the tile cuts, each part should be cut to fit as you proceed.
Align the tiles, finished side down, with the cut edges pointing out. Using epoxy, bond the supports to the tile with the edges of the dowel flush to the edges of the tiles. Cut the end supports B to fit between the side supports; secure with epoxy (Photo 1).
From a 1 x 2 cut the feet C to fit between the side supports and bond them to the tile with epoxy; inset the feet 3-in from the end of each tile.
Flip the tray upright and cut the ends D and sides E -- from 1/2-in-thick oak -- to fit around the assembled tile. Sand the parts with 180-grit sandpaper.
Place a 3/4-in-thick scrap as a spacer for the ends and sides to rest upon. This will position the parts above the edge of the tiles to form a lip around the inside of the tray. Bond the ends and sides to the supports and tile using epoxy -- painter’s tape works as a clamp to hold the pieces while the epoxy cures (Photo 2).
Apply painter’s tape to the surface of the tile where it meets the oak, and apply three coats of a clear finish to the wood parts. Sand between the coats with 320-grit sandpaper.
Mount the handles to the tray using the supplied screws. The tile is thinner than a 3/4-in-thick cabinet door, so you’ll need to use a 1/4-in nut as a spacer to make up the difference in thickness.
If you'd like to make your tray sparkle and shine, complete Steps 1-6 above, then do the following. Using a 1/16-in twist drill bit, pre-drill holes around the wood side supports of the tray, starting 2-in in from each corner and spacing the holes out by 1-in.
Spray-paint the tile gold. Let dry.
Apply painter's tape to the surface you just painted. Then spray-paint the side supports and bottom of the tray silver. Let dry.
Dab a little Super Glue to the end of each upholstery nail, then push or hammer them into the pre-drilled holes.
Mount the handles to the tray using the supplied screws. The tile is thinner than a 3/4-in-thick cabinet door, so you'll need to use a 1/4-in nut as a spacer to make up the difference in thickness.
With a quick trip to the flooring department and two free tile cuts by a Lowe's associate, you're on your way to creating a tray that's so good-looking you can leave it on the table as a centerpiece even after the goodies are gone.