How to Build a Folding Serving Tray
Use slim oak material to build a custom serving tray for less than you'd spend on a fancy breakfast
Hint: There's no need to wait for a special occasion to serve a certain someone breakfast in bed. First, you'll need a good tray—one with legs that will keep it steady on a sea of bedding and then fold up so that the tray can be slipped inside a cabinet or drawer.
If you want to go all out on the presentation, you can build a tray, like the slatted one here. The frame is formed from inexpensive oak scants—½-by-2-inch pieces stocked near the hardwood moldings in home centers. Look for the ¼-inch oak slats in the same area. Staining gives the oak a refined look, though you'll want to treat the surface with a food-safe finish, such as mineral oil or shellac, to protect it from spills. Once you've christened your new tray, you may want to break it out every Sunday morning as a matter of routine. We're just saying.
Shown: B. Smith With Style Acacia Bed Tray, about $30; available at bedbathandbeyond.com