Pallet Wood Ideas

This curvy serving tray made from pallet wood will be a great addition to your kitchen for day to day use. Make sure you don’t serve food directly on the tray or make the tray from regular wood. With the curved handles and sides, it looks elegant and is very handy to use.

Curvy serving tray
Curvy serving tray

Preparation

I start by preparing the pallet wood by planing and squaring the edges on my Triton planer and table saw. I make sure that the planing renders a smooth finish to the finished wood.

Start with pallet wood
Start with pallet wood

Cut the pallet wood to required sizes

I then cut the finished pallet wood into 5 equal parts, 3 to be used for the base of the serving tray and 2 to be used as sides of the serving tray. I also cut two more pieces equal to 3 x width of the single pallet board and 2 x thickness of the pallet board to form the handles.

Cut the sides, handles and base pieces
Cut the sides, handles and base pieces

Design the curves

I think create a bow using a thin strip of wood and joining the ends using a making tape forming a curved bow. Make sure that the bow retains its shape.

I use that bow to draw curved shapes on the 2 boards for the handles and 2 boards for the sides. You can customise the way you want to shape these boards to your needs.

Form a bow and mark the curves
Form a bow and mark the curves

Cut the shapes and bore the holes

I then cut the shapes using my band saw making sure that the cuts are as accurate as possible.

Cut the curves
Cut the curves

I think mark the spots to drill the holes on the boards for meant for the handles. These holes will eventually turn into handles for the serving tray.

I join the ends of the curve with a link and then find the center of that line. I mark two points equidistant on either side from the center of that line. These two points will be the center of the two holes that I will be boring.

Make spot for handle holes
Make spot for handle holes

I use my bench top drill press to bore two holes on the points that I had marked in the previous step. Make sure the holes are through and through.

Bore holes
Bore holes

The bored holes will look like below once the boring has finished.

Finished holes
Finished holes

Cut the handles

I then mark two parallel lines touching the circumference of the two holes and also being parallel to the base of the board. I will be using these lines to cut the board to form the handles.

Cut handles
Cut handles

I then use a jig saw to cut over those lines. The space for handles is formed once the board is cut along the lines as shown below.

Cut handles
Cut handles

Using a random orbital sander, I grind all the slides to remove any rough edges or splinters. I use a fine grit sand paper to sand the space inside the handles.

Sand the sides, base and handles
Sand the sides, base and handles

Glue up

I then join the 3 boards to form the base of the curvy serving tray using glue and clamps and leave them to dry.

Glue the base boards
Glue the base boards

I use a wood filler to fill any holes on the boards that were left due to the pallet wood nails. This will ensure the surface looks even and professional.

Fill with wood filler
Fill with wood filler

I then glue up the sides, handles and the dried up base to form the final shape as shown below. I leave the glued up curvy serving tray to dry overnight to ensure the sides are strongly glued to each other.

Glue the sides, base board  and handles
Glue the sides, base board and handles

Apply stain

I finish off the curvy serving tray using a wood stain. I apply a think coat using a piece of sloth to all the sides of the curvy serving tray and leave it to dry overnight.

Apply stain
Apply stain

The finish product looks like below. You can give me a rustic look by lightly sanding the curvy serving tray.

Finished product
Finished product

Check out my detailed video about how to make the curvy serving tray below

For more inspirations and ideas, have a look at the indoor projects that can be done using pallet wood.

56 easy pallet wood projects for indoor spaces

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