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Moulding and miters. This combination produced an elegant tray that was fairly easy to make, and involved only two power tools.

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 12” 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 12” Baltic birch plywood to size with a circular saw or jigsaw (a straightedge clamped in place will help guide a square cut).


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