Step 4: Install the Legs

Install the Legs to Build Folding Serving Tray
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Round the tops of the legs with 60-grit sandpaper. Drill a ¼-inch hole 1 inch from the bottom of each leg. Use dowels and glue to join the legs. With a ½-inch spade bit, bore holes ¼ inch deep into the frame's outer face, 1½ inches in from the corners. Drill through the center of each hole with a -inch bit; make matching holes ½ inch from the top of each leg. Attach the legs with nylon washers and machine screws. Cap the holes with oak plugs.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • router
      Router with ¼-inch straight bit
    • brad nailer
      Brad nailer
    • 1/8-inch drill bit
      -inch drill bit
    • 3/8-inch drill bit
      -inch drill bit
    • spade bit
      ½-inch spade bit
    • sandpaper
      sandpaper: 60-grit and 220-grit
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrush
    • Chamois or lint-free rag
      Lint-free rag or tack cloth

    Shopping List

    ½-by-2-inch oak scants for the tray frame Get two 4-foot lengths.

    ¼-by-2-inch oak scants for the slats Get three 4-foot lengths.

    ¾-inch oak square dowel for the legs Get one 3-foot length.

    -inch oak dowel for the stretcher between the legs Get one 2-foot length.

    1-inch brads for securing the tray frame

    ¼-by-1½-inch machine screws to secure the legs to the tray Get four.

    ¼-inch nylon washers to place between the legs and the tray Get four.

    ¼-inch metal washers to place between the machine-screw nut and tray leg Get four.

    ¼-inch lock nuts Get four.

    Wood glue

    Wood stain

    Food-safe finish, such as mineral oil or shellac