Step 5: Cover the Tray Bottom

this old house editor mark powers covering the tray deck with contact paper
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Cut a piece of adhesive contact paper to the size of the tray deck. Cut a circle, centered over each dish hole, that's smaller than the hole. Peel one end of the adhesive backing and apply it to the tray deck. Use a scrap block to smooth out any air bubbles. Pull the adhesive backing away from the applied area as you adhere the rest of the paper. Cut pie-shaped slices from the center circle to the perimeter of the dish holes and fold the paper around the inner edge of the dish holes to secure it on the underside of the tray.
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    Tools List

    • flathead screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • pencil compass
      Pencil Compass
    • rasp
      Rasp
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with a 3/8-inch drill bit
    • combination square
      Combination Square

    Shopping List

    1. 1x12 laminated shelving board Get two 6-foot boards

    2. 1x2 Get one 6-foot board

    3. 1x3 Get one 6-foot board

    4. 1x4 Get at least 2 feet

    5. 2-quart dog dishes with lip edge Get two dishes

    6. 1 5/8-inch #6 trim head screws

    7. Wood glue

    8. Wood filler

    9. Contact paper

    10. Piano hinge Get one that's 18 to 22 inches long

    11. Magnetic door catch

    12. Friction door slide

    13. Door handle

    14. Latex primer

    15. Latex semi-gloss paint