Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"O" is for Ottoman Tray

Build your own parquet patterned ottoman tray with handles using my free plans down below.

I built this tray for my neighbors who have a large ottoman in their family room (bigger than the one in these pictures) which serves as a coffee table.  The tray is really meant for one thing - drinks - a hard surface to place your drink on while watching the game or relaxing.

I had the chance to try this new Elmer's product: ProBond Advanced™

And I love it!!!  
It's a multi-surface glue - you can use it on nearly everything from wood to metal and concrete but the best part is that it dries virtually clear.

Another great feature is the narrow nozzle which allows you to control exactly where the glue is going.

Elmer's ProBond Advanced™ is available at most home improvement and hardware stores and it even comes it the cutest 2oz bottle that would be perfect for a build-it party or craft event where each person needs their own personal size bottle:

I used the Elmer's ProBond Advanced™ all over this project but most importantly to glue down the 1x3 pine boards onto plywood which make up the parquet pattern:

And I added rope to the handles for a little visual interest and to provide more support:

Below are step by step instructions to build this ottoman tray.  Always follow all safety precautions when using power tools.

  • 3 - 1x3x8 pine board
  • 1 – ¼” plywood handy panel 2’ x 4’
  • 1 ¼” finish nails
  • ¾” finish nails
  • wood glue
Cut List:
  • 18 - 1x3 @ 7 ½” pine board (parquet design)
  • 1 – ¼” plywood @ 22 ½” x 15” (base)
  • 2 - 1x3 @22 ½” pine board (long sides)
  • 2 – 1x3 @ 16 1/2” pine board (short sides)

Step 1: Align parquet pattern pieces onto plywood base and glue.  Use weights (heavy books, paint cans) to keep boards in place while glue dries.

I suggest laying out the pattern pieces first and then cutting plywood base to fit.

Step 2: Once glue is dry secure base to parquet pieces using ¾” finish nails.

Step 3: Attach long sides using 1 ¼” finish nails.

Step 4: Cut out handle in short sides.  Use spade bit at corners then jigsaw the middle portion.  Make 2.

Step 5: Attach short sides using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

Sand well and apply Minwax provincial stain:

Seal with 2 coats Minwax polycrylic clear satin, sanding in between coats:

To give a little shine and protect from water rings use one coat oil-based Minwax polyurethane semi-gloss:

To add rope to handle begin with cut end on underside of handle and wrap rope tight over and around handle:

Continue to end and use a skewer to thread end of rope under last 3 loops, pull loops and end of rope tight for a secure hold.
Trim end of rope with exacto knife:

Special thanks to the folks at Elmer's ProBond Advanced™ for supplying me with the glue for this project.  I was not compensated in any way and all opinions are completely my own.


Emilia Bellflower said...

That is so pretty Jaime:) said...

Another wonderful project and the possibilites are endless. You can create so many different finishes, I keep imagining silver leaf on the tray. I love the rope handles, really nice :)

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

What a beautiful tray! Love the rope handles.

Bruce Johnson said...

Nice weekend project idea, Jaime. The Provincial stain looks perfect with that lighter colored rope. Great choice.


michelle lea designs said...

Beautiful!! I love power tool projects. Thank you for sharing.

wnedynnu05 said...

I'd like to ask my dad to make this. Can you tell me what the finished dimensions are?