Over the summer my aunt let me pick through a couple piles of some things she found at an old barn including a bunch of old barnwood. Yea, major score! I know everyone loves some good barnwood and I’m not immune to that. It has so much character and texture that you can’t get with new things, and I love using it in home decor projects.
This tray was super easy to make and has been my favorite companion for my morning coffee and reading in bed! I love that its completely one-of-a-kind and has a story behind where the wood came from and how it was handmade – my favorite type of home decor.
The hardest step in this whole process was the cleaning and sanding of the wood. I used a scrub brush with warm water and a little soap to scrub down the wood and get into the grooves. I didn’t want to take away to much of the weathering, but I needed to smooth it out to use it for a tray. I did a little sanding and found that it didn’t do much damage because the weathering and grooves were so deep.
We also shaped the wood to make the edges parallel and flat since they were quite uneven being so old. My husband used a table saw to cut along the long edges carefully to make them the shape we wanted. The pieces that are the bottom are 7 inches, but that could change based on what size barnwood you have. The edge pieces are 2 1/2 inches wide.
To put it all together, my husband used a Kreg-Jig to put the two bottom pieces together. Then, he used Kreg-Jig joints to attached the edges to the bottom. That’s it! I’m sure there are other ways to put it all together with out Kreg-Jig joints, but he was on a Kreg-Jig frenzy for a while and did everything with them. He filled all the holes with Kreg-Jig plugs, which you can purchase from Lowe’s or Home Depot right in the kreg-jig section. (I promise this isn’t an advertisement for Kreg-Jig even though I used that word 7 times in this paragraph! ha).
I finished with a light coat of matte urethane.
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