Serving Tray

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowe’s.

For our February Lowes Challenge, we were given several different options for our projects.  One of the options was a Valentine’s Day Theme.  I have had my eye on some wine barrel cheese serving trays at Williams and Sonoma and thought it would be fun to try my hand at building my own cheese board or serving platter.


For the life of me, I can’t find my photos of the building process.  I looked everywhere.  So I will have to do my best to explain how we made this tray without the step-by-step photos.  Sorry about that!

You will need the following:

  • Tounge and Groove Pine Wood Planks
  • thin piece of scrap-wood or plywood
  • Stain in your color of choice (I used Minwax’s Jacob Bean)
  • Aluminum Strips (we needed two…make sure you get thin ones that you can bend and will cover the sides of your wood you use)
  • Saw (we used a Dremel Saw Max)
  • 2 drawer pulls
  • metal screws
  • wood glue
  • drill


1.  We started with some tongue and groove pine wood planks that we purchased from Lowes.  We wanted the tray to be 24 inches in diameter.  We laid out the wood planks so that they were in a rectangle.  We then took a string and attached it to a pencil and made it so the string measured 12 inches.  Holding the string in the middle of the rectangle we circled the pencil around the edges and drew a circle on the wood.  Does that make sense?

2.  Cut your thin piece of plywood to be the same size as your circle.  This will be the base of your serving tray.

3.  Cut the boards, one by one, using the circle you drew with the pencil.  Glue together onto the plywood circle so that they are the top of the serving tray.  Let the glue dry with clamps or heavy items placed on the tray so that the wood glue dries flat.  You can add a couple of wood staples through the bottom to ensure the wood planks stay in place.

4.  Stain your wood and let dry completely.  Take the aluminum strips and wrap them around the sides of the serving tray.  Cut any excess off if needed.  Then screw them onto the sides of the wood.

5.  Screw the drawer pull handles into the sides of the serving tray.  Place some felt protectors on the bottom of the tray to protect the wood from scratching other wood surfaces.


The tray has been fun to have and we have used it for serving snacks in the family room while watching a movie.  I imagine that when one of the kids has a birthday we will use it to serve them breakfast in bed.  It also makes a great serving tray for your next dinner party.  It resides on my kitchen table right now as the centerpiece with some plants on it!


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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.


  1. Frida says

    I love this idea and I’m making one for Valentine’s day. Do you know where I can get the aluminum strip? I went to Lowe’s website and I didn’t know which ones are bendable and they seem all very long.

    • says

      I don’t know where they would be on the website. In the store they are in the same aisle as the drawer pulls and for sale signs. I hope that helps.

  2. Kat says

    This is a beautiful tray! You could also attach a mechanism (available at Lowe’s) to the bottom of the tray to turn it into a “lazy susan.” This would be another way to protect your furniture from scratches and it would add new functionality. Just a thought. Thanks for sharing your project!

    • says

      I had the wood on hand left over from other projects. I also had the stain and the screws. So it was about $10. I am guessing it would be around $30.

  3. Helen says

    Wow, love this tray. I have just enough time to make one for Valentine’s Day, thank you so much for the directions.

  4. says

    Nice Job! Quite a functional and lovely piece, which would look very nice, in my Dailey Bistro kitchen.

    I have a large round tray, with an aluminum band that I do not use because, I don’t care for the glass center piece. I believe I can remove the glass and make the tray above.

    ~ Have a Beautiful week.

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