I’ve got a quick and useful tutorial for you today to turn a cutting board into a DIY serving tray in 10 minutes or less! I worked with D. Lawless Hardware to sponsor this fun and functional home project using a pair of drawer pulls from their huge selection, and an inexpensive cutting board I picked up on my last supermarket run.
Don’t be intimidated by the tools in this project – if you can drill a hole, you can make a sturdy and stylish serving tray. And you can drill a hole. I have faith in you. :)
I found the cutting board locally, it was a 10×16 inch acacia wood board with a drip groove, and it only set me back $10. I liked utilizing the drip groove to set the screws into on the underside, though you can use any kind of board that appeals to you! I’ll leave links to the gorgeous pulls I used, but feel free to shop around for a pair of pulls that best suit your own style! My recommendation is to choose a size that is 4″ or wider, so that the tray is easy to carry. These pulls are perfect for me at 5 inches.
- Drill with 5/32 bit and phillips head bit
- 2 Artesia 128mm Oil Rubbed Bronze Drawer Pulls
- Inexpensive cutting board with drip groove
- Scrap wood to protect your work surface (if you don’t have a home shop setup, which I do not)
Measure the distance between the holes on your pull (5 1/8 inches, in my case). Measure and mark your cutting board where you plan to drill. I drilled right into the drip channel, so that my screws wouldn’t stand out on the underside of the tray. Drill your holes, taking care to hold your drill totally vertical. (If you have a drill press, that would also be an excellent choice for this project.)
I set my cutting board on a piece of scrap wood, so that when I drilled through the board, I wouldn’t drill into my craft table. That’s important. You only want to put holes in your cutting board.
Screw the screws into the pull handles from the underside, and you’ve got yourself an instant tray! If you’re particularly artistic, you can of course stencil or paint it, to make it your own! I kept mine simple to keep this project under 10 minutes to make, and besides, a cutting board is food safe already, so I don’t need to worry about what I can serve on this tray.
I love D. Lawless Hardware‘s selection of knobs and pulls. I have used them in craft projects and furniture makeovers in the past, and I just picked out some gorgeous knobs from their online store for my bathroom makeover that we’ll be finishing up in the next couple of weeks, too! They’ve also got a lot of other great specialty hardware, too, like casters, drawer slides, and more!
Hope you enjoyed today’s quick project – thanks for joining me!