Make the PERFECT Woodworking Gift in ONE DAY!

Make the PERFECT Woodworking Gift in ONE DAY!

Sometimes you have to make woodworking gifts. You can build this GORGEOUS modern wooden serving tray in just one day. What I love about this project is that it’s completely customizable. You can change out the wood species, modify the handles, add chamfers or round overs. You can really take this wooden tray and make it into the perfect woodworking gift. The clean lines give the tray a modern look, but it’s still fits into a room of any décor. While the construction is pretty straight forward, it can still be challenging and allows you to hone your woodworking skills. Even if you aren’t looking to give someone a gift, I recommend giving this project a shot and let me know how it turned out!

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Here’s a list of tools and materials that I used to make this project. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
•• Tools & Materials ••
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Jet Table Saw: https://amzn.to/2RwQTJa
Forrest Woodworker II Saw Blade: https://amzn.to/3kezMHf
Diablo Ripping Saw Blade: https://amzn.to/30ZOJEV
Random Orbit Sander https://amzn.to/2RxjkXo
120 grit sandpaper: https://amzn.to/2QW835c
180 grit sandpaper: https://amzn.to/39y5kVM
Osmo Top Oil: https://amzn.to/2xQG2SW
Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue: https://amzn.to/2tU6B8d
Microjig Grr-ripper: https://amzn.to/38J7Buz
Starrett 6” combination square: https://amzn.to/3aPMN6n
Starrett 12” combination square: https://amzn.to/2U04x9d

•• Music ••
Friendly Day, March of the Spoons by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100223

50 Comments

  1. Hakan Hakan on September 26, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Glass thank you



  2. AkO on September 26, 2022 at 12:44 am

    That looks great, thanks for sharing the idea!



  3. Home workshop on September 26, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Супер! Всё так просто и понятно!



  4. Be Cool on September 26, 2022 at 12:45 am

    I had a classmate in college working on a table saw, we have different course, there is a competition at school and his instructor ask him to join, he refused but the instructor manage to convinced him on the competition day. I saw him left and few moments past we received a news that his two fingers were ripped off. I saw the fingers on a bottle covered in a wood dust.
    Please be careful on handling table saw. Ty



  5. Newton Makes on September 26, 2022 at 12:47 am

    I hope this video gives you some ideas on how to make your own trays. This is a great project to batch out. You can make several trays in the same amount of time as it takes to make one.



  6. Reno Holland on September 26, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Well done, but the loud music is annoying.



  7. Reyna Darling Mangitan on September 26, 2022 at 12:50 am

    If this would have been bigger, you can put it upside down and it would become a very elegant coffee table.



  8. Mitchel T on September 26, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Awesome! It sure does help if you own $50K+ worth of tools. 🙂



  9. Hani Al-Azrai on September 26, 2022 at 12:52 am

    i love it
    good job



  10. niky amin on September 26, 2022 at 12:53 am

    thank you so much for the share.
    I’d love to make something this simple but lovely



  11. J Raglob on September 26, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Great one day project! By the way, I had a Macomb tag on the video link. Are you in Macomb MI?



  12. Ayo Membuat on September 26, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Nice skill and tolls



  13. Steve Malley on September 26, 2022 at 12:56 am

    great video First time on your site will be back



  14. Samad Abdul on September 26, 2022 at 12:57 am

    given the fact that the lumber is so expensive, whats the best to find cheaper walnut?



  15. Don Newton on September 26, 2022 at 12:57 am

    Thumbs up!



  16. Joseph H.lalruatkima on September 26, 2022 at 12:57 am

    What is this



  17. Scott H on September 26, 2022 at 12:58 am

    Beautiful work but I think the utility of it is questionable. As a serving tray it’s looks like it can’t fit much more than a dinner plate. E.g. it might be useful to bring your wife breakfast in bed, or carry some drinks, but not much more. Also the lack of a lip (and a smooth surface) means you better keep it level while it’s loaded or there’s gonna be a mess to clean up. Handles mounted to the side would free up some real estate and also serve as a lip on 2 sides.



  18. melandterryshu on September 26, 2022 at 1:03 am

    I’ve been watching a bunch of videos on making serving trays and this one really stood out to me. I want to make one as a wedding gift. Have you ever used purple heart?



  19. Edward Espos on September 26, 2022 at 1:03 am

    Looks amazing 👏



  20. Valley carpentry on September 26, 2022 at 1:04 am

    I’m making one…. I hope



  21. I Trow on September 26, 2022 at 1:04 am

    I would totally turn this upside down and use it as a tv dinner tray. Looks nice.



  22. Robert Morris on September 26, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Excellent work! Thanks for sharing.



  23. Suriarputhan Puthan on September 26, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Good look and nice



  24. Apolinar Cisneros on September 26, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Hi Newton, the combination of walnut and maple makes the board beautiful.



  25. Mark Stephen Vana on September 26, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Really, and truly incredible work.
    Abs
    Oh
    Loot
    Lee
    Gore
    Jus…



  26. Tony H on September 26, 2022 at 1:10 am

    Totally awesome project



  27. AlSAFFARSTUDIOS on September 26, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Very creative tray 👍🏻



  28. Mr2old4fun on September 26, 2022 at 1:14 am

    1 entire day for that ? or are you just speaking in general ?



  29. Joshua Waddell on September 26, 2022 at 1:14 am

    1:53 I’m surprised I didn’t see any of the YouTube safety police make a comment about this.
    I do it all the time too, just sayin I’m surprised nobody made a comment.



  30. Jesse Hoffman on September 26, 2022 at 1:14 am

    flip it over and it’s a laptop holder for when you’re sitting on the couch vegging out and need shopping lol



  31. Justin Rapp on September 26, 2022 at 1:15 am

    I liked it so much, i had to make one!!!



  32. SDAG MN on September 26, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Perfect combination of beauty and utility. Thanks so much for this content. I learn a lot from your videos.



  33. Isvara Studio on September 26, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Inspiring!



  34. Neal Parkinson on September 26, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Up until today, I thought I have seen everyone once. I was wrong. I do follow several Woodworkers. Although this is only the second video of yours I have watched. (The first was the 3 box tray) Your style is more to my liking. You have surpassed all others and are now my favorite.



  35. Jimmie Rude on September 26, 2022 at 1:21 am

    This project is beautiful. I love the contrast of the species. Thank you for making this and inspiring others to create.



  36. Mark Jess on September 26, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Beautiful design! And as usual a great job



  37. John Harmon on September 26, 2022 at 1:26 am

    I know these questions can get annoying, but where do you source your curly maple? Locally? online? other?



  38. Go To For Woodworkers on September 26, 2022 at 1:27 am

    I like this kind of presentation!



  39. lotiroon on September 26, 2022 at 1:29 am

    This is great, what grit do you go up to for sanding walnut?



  40. wes ames on September 26, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Very good video! I do suggest you lower the volume of the music.



  41. ajm5636 on September 26, 2022 at 1:33 am

    I have a dumb question. Aren’t those handles effectively cross grain construction? As the board expands across its width, the handles won’t, but they’re glued in. Did this end up being a problem?



  42. Iss-Art on September 26, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Which glue is better for that? Fast-dry or standard?



  43. Bobby Visconti on September 26, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Can you explain the scotchbrite pad purpose



  44. Dave Schmitt on September 26, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Nice build, going to make some out of quilted maple that is only 11” wide. Wanted it wider. Will use walnut.



  45. Taliaferro taylor on September 26, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Would this work with 1/4” thick lumber instead of 3/4”
    It seems a little heavy using thicker lumber



  46. Ron Garofalo on September 26, 2022 at 1:36 am

    Nice Project. Have you thought of putting cutting the handle brackets on an angle to splay the handles out to compliment your bevel on the bottom of the board?



  47. Jennifer C on September 26, 2022 at 1:37 am

    WOW! That is the most beautiful tray! Subscribed!



  48. Chev Chelios on September 26, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Osmo is the best!



  49. Kevin Cox on September 26, 2022 at 1:40 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the thin amount of walnut you left at the top of the handle posts, but have always been worried about material thickness. Have they held up well or would you recommend increasing that thickness? Any help would be greatly appreciated!



  50. mzzn44 on September 26, 2022 at 1:41 am

    좋아요! Good!~