How to Make a Serving Tray with Collapsable Legs | Easy Woodworking Project

Welcome to Make Something
with me, David Picciuto. and today I'm going to show you how
to make this beautiful serving tray. This is one of the projects
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I made the serving tray. We are to make this serving
tray out of my new book. We'll talk about this more later, I've got some English Walnut
that I've recently acquired. The first thing I need to do is head on
over the tablesaw and cut some strips. So we're basically making the
frame for this serving tray, and we're going to use mitered corners.

I have my blade set to 45 degrees and
I'm going to cut the two long sides and it's the short side And I've got my kerf
cut and the fence here. So I can line that up with
that. I also have a stop here. So when I go to do my second
piece, I can get two equal lengths. We have all four pieces cut and
we have the miters on there. So now I'm going to cut a groove
down the center of each one of them. I have a blade set to three eights
of an inch high, these little, what are these called Dan? Gauge blocks. You don't even have to use a tape measure. You just stick that up against the
blade. You do your thing. These are very, very handy for quick set ups. Uh,
it needs to be down in the middle. It doesn't have to be precisely
exactly in the middle. Just get as close as you can.

And just in case you don't get
exactly down the middle, mark, the tops of all your pieces.
Now I'm going to run that group. This group is going to
hold the plywood bottom. So I have some plywood that is
going to be as the base for this. This is one eighth inch plywood.
I'm going to cut it oversize, and we're going to sneak
up on the correct fit. So I throw that plywood in there. And
as you can see it, doesn't close up. So I'm just going to nibble away.
It doesn't have to be a perfect fit. It can be slightly smaller than
the inside. You'll never know, and you'll never see it, That all fits together now. And
it's time to cut the handles. So I'm going to measure a
half inch in on the small pieces. This is going
to be the handle part. So we're going to remove this material
and I'm just going to use a coin to draw the round overs on there.

I got that all sanded smooth. And since these are going to
be the handles of the tray, I want to round over this edge and I'm
going to do that here at the router. I've got that nice round over on there.
It feels good on the hands from now. It is time to glue this all together.
I'm just going to put glue in the miters. I don't even need any glue and the groove
that panel can just float in there. Then we'll clump that all together.
I'm just going to use tape. I find tape to be one of the
easiest ways you don't get a lot of clamping pressure, but
it's also not necessary. We're going to reinforce these
joints after the glue dries. So now that that is glued up, we'll let that sit and
dry for an hour or so.

And then we'll, we'll come back and we'll put splines
in those corners to reinforce that it's not a very strong joint because
that's end grain to end grain. So we're going to cut splines here at
the table, saw this is my spline jig. I've got a video on making the spline jig So now we need to cut the splines
for that over here on the band saw.

So I'm just going to draw a line on here. That's a little bit thicker than we need, but we can sand down
to the exact thickness. You can also do this at the table saw, and you can nail that thickness
down at the table saw, and then you wouldn't
have to sand this down. There we go. A bit of glue or a lot of bit. Spread that on there. If you are wondering why I
would use the combination of cherry and English walnut
it is because I need a dowel for a later step. And the only half inch dowel
that I had was cherry I'm lazy. Didn't feel like going to the store. So I'm going to use the cherry dowel
and then cherry splines to match. I think normally I would use something
a little bit darker for more contrast, but I could be pleasantly surprised.

Typically I take the tape
off before doing this. I just wanted to experiment and see
what happens if I take it off now. Oh yeah. That cleaned up, I
meant to do that on purpose. Cleans up my glue joints.
That'll be easier to sand away. I went ahead and cut the
four legs on the table saw. And again, I'm going to take a coin and
draw a little round over on the end of each one of these Now I'm going to drill a half
inch hole on all four legs.

This is going to hold a support dowel, which will make more sense
here and a little bit. So I've got some gaps I need to fill. And one quick way to do that is put
a little bit of CA glue in there. Come on. And then a little bit of
sawdust from the same species. And you'll never know. On the miters.
Sometimes you can just put glue in there and then take a screwdriver and
just kind of round that over.

And it will close the gap, got a little gap there. Burnish that in there. We have our four legs and
they're going to go in here, like so, and I need a dowel rod to go in
between here to sturdy everything up. So my hole is that deep. So then I make that line on there. This hole is that deep. So then I make that line on there
and then I can take my dowel rod to get the approximate length
and right, right there. This would be the top of the
tray. And then down here, we're going to have the two legs
that are going to swing out. Like, so I got these from Home Depot.
These are connecting bolts. These are probably too long, but we can cut them to length and
that will allow this mechanical movements for the legs. So I need to drill a hole here near the rounded edge, and then
the same thing with the other side. Then we need to drill into here. I have My little try square
combination square thing. Right here. Was there the whole time.

So these measurements are all in
the book. I'll just Mark that there, mark, that there, the size hole is really
going to be determined by
the conducting bolts that you have. Through the other side. And then you tighten that
up with some Allen wrenches. My bolt is too long, and
that is a good thing. Cause you want to cut it to the exact
length so you can tighten it down to get your pivots. So Then we're going to, we're
going to stand a little clk a little clk clk on there. And then check our fit. And that
is perfect. You snug that up. If you cut it too short, you might have to use a
little bit of thread lock. I would imagine like plumbers tape would
also work to lock those two in there. And so I got to do one
more over here. All right. So the stiffness of that is going
to be determined by the length and how much you're able
to tighten that might put a little wax on there. Just to loosen that up a little bit
round over the legs at the bottom there.

And put some finish on there. Should've rounded those over earlier. I
don't know if that's in the book or not. We're using this junk. It's food safe. It's easy to apply. It's impossible to mess up and
it's stupid expensive. I'm not, I'm not into the, uh, the
cherry / English Walnut. I'm going to post my discuss
down below in the comments. This is a technique I see on the… I don't know if you know how
difficult it is to film this with hot, fresh tasty food right in
front of me. But I assure you, I am going to devour this.
As soon as I hit stop.

This project comes from my new book. This is make your own kitchen tools.
Got to make sure there's no nip slips. If you know what I'm saying?
Make your own kitchen tools. There's a whole bunch of projects in
here. That's all based around the kitchen. This is my third book. My first
book was the new bandsaw box book. Then we had the cutting board book and
then the make your own kitchen tools book. I'll have a link to this down
below in the description on my website. I sell signed copies at the listed price. If you are on a budget and want
to get it a little bit cheaper, head on over to Amazon, or I'll
have a link to that as well.

It just won't be signed, but
it will save you a few bucks. I gotta be honest with you. The English Walnut and the
cherry do not work together. It is. It is a terrible combination. They don't go well together. It
is what it is. I use what I had. It saved me a trip going to the store. Right now I'm trying to limit my
trips until everything gets back to normal. Thank you Squarespace
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