Off-the-rack moulding and packing tape make this project easy.
A shopping trip to the pre-cut moulding section at Lowe’s was the beginning of my tray design. I had a general idea of what I wanted to make – a shallow tray without handles to transform my ottoman into a once-in-a-while coffee table. There were extra pieces of 1⁄2” plywood in the shop that would make a great tray base. All I needed was a way to cover the edges and a fancy profile to top it off. When I saw the corner moulding, I knew that the edge problem was solved. The corner moulding profile would wrap around the top and side of the plywood perfectly, providing a base for fancier trim. I found the bead, cove and steps of the glass bead moulding to my liking for the top.
Making the Tray
Cut the tray bottom from 1⁄2” Baltic birch plywood to size with a circular saw or jigsaw (a straightedge clamped in place will help guide a square cut).