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For a recent live demonstration of power tools, we made two versions of a wood tray. A pallet version you can see here and this version using purchased lumber.
It's important when buying wood that you get the straightest lumber possible. Take time in the store to look down the piece to see how straight it is as well as laying it on the ground to see if it is warped at all. Keep looking if it doesn't lie flat. The board we used ended up being a bit wonky and not at all straight which we didn't discover UNTILL we started nailing the pieces together. We got it to work, but it's not ideal.
These trays are so useful. They can be used as breakfast in bed trays, a laptop desk, a fun surface to showcase decor, or even as a chalkboard if you finish it with chalkboard paint and use an easel to prop it up.
How would you use a tray like this? Would you use pallet wood or lumber?
Please note: We are not sponsored by any of the companies/products that we used. These products were picked and bought by us.
FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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