Create Your Own Wood Herringbone Tray From Scrap Wood

I’ve been putzing in the garage lately, getting a kick out of my new-found skill with the mitre saw.

I saw a tutorial online for making a wood star – a knock-off from Pottery Barn – and I thought I could handle it.

So I tried….

and tried…

and tried…

Use up your scrap wood and create this gorgeous herringbone tray

I’ve checked, double-checked, even triple checked and my angles are accurate, my lengths are right – but I cannot get this star to fit together.

I’ll show you the finished product in another post, but for now I want to show you all of the scrap wood.  Granted these are scraps from wood that was already scrap (too small for larger projects), but that’s a lot of wood going to waste.

It bugged me.

I’ve also been eyeballing a tray to go on an ottoman to hold drinks, and one plan I saw had a parquet pattern…

That might work?
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I shuffled and futzed with the pieces to see what kind of pattern I could come up with.

This is looking promising, I hadn’t thought of a wood herringbone tray when I started out?

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I used some wood glue and adhered the pieces together, and to a small piece of plywood underneath.
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Once the glue had set, I cut down the sides so that my wood herringbone tray had flush ends.  I liked the arrow points, so I left them in for character.

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Just a bit of wood filler…scrap wood tray, wood herringbone tray, wood tray, ottoman tray, herringbone pattern wood

Then a good sanding and my wood herringbone tray was smooth as a baby’s bum.

I thought I’d play around with some leftover stain I had and alternated between a “Special Walnut” and a “Jacobean” to see what would happen.scrap wood tray, wood herringbone tray, wood tray, ottoman tray, herringbone pattern wood

I had posted some photos on Instagram as I was plugging along asking for help and advice and a reader came back and said that I needed some gold.

Thank you reader – let’s see what the gold does:
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Not bad?  I added a couple more coats to get a nice gold shine to it and then coated with varnish.

It’s cute right?

Different…  but cute.

Regardless, my DIY wood herringbone tray serves a purpose – I needed a flat surface for guests to put down their drinks and I didn’t want all of that wood to go to waste.

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So, if by chance, you decide to start woodworking and your projects turn out slightly less-than-perfect – hang on to the scraps!

You never know what they might accumulate to.

I’m off to enjoy my tray now.scrap wood tray, wood herringbone tray, wood tray, ottoman tray, herringbone pattern wood

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Have a great one!

Too funny

 

 

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2018-06-18T13:42:08+00:00June 27th, 2015|DECOR, DIY|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Jenna July 9, 2015 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Outstanding!

    • Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca July 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      My favourite word – especially when someone says it to me! Thank you so much, and thanks for taking the time to comment!
      Hugs.

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