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Free Plans to Build Frontgate Inspired Ellington Trays

These trays will be perfect for serving up fabulous food to your guests! The free plans to build Frontgate Inspired Ellington Trays are easy to construct and also inexpensive. Two of these trays can be made from one quarter sheet (2′ x 4′) of 1/2″ plywood. This is also a project that can be completed in an afternoon! Yay!

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There are two sizes listed in the cut list – the large tray measures 14″ x 20″ x 3″, and the small tray measures 12″ x 18″ x 3″.

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ brad nails or screws
  • Finishing Supplies

Lumber:

  • One 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/2″ plywood

Cut List:

For the Large Tray:

  • 1 – 13″ x 19″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 4″ x 13″ – Handles
  • 2 – 3″ x 19″ – Sides

For the Small Tray:

  • 1 – 11″ x 17″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 4″ x 11″ – Handles
  • 2 – 3″ x 17″ – Sides

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Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the handles. Cut the handle using a 1″ hole saw or paddle bit spacing them at 4″ from the center of each hole. Connect the holes by drawing a  straight line, then cut out with a jigsaw. Attach the handle pieces to the bottoms using glue and brad nails or countersunk screws.

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Step Two

Cut the pieces for the sides. Attach using glue and brad nails or countersunk screws.

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Finish as desired!

The free plans to build Frontgate Inspired Ellington Trays are the perfect project for those new to woodworking. The plans are easy, quick, and require minimal tools!

It would also be really cool to arrange pictures or vintage postcards in the bottom of each tray and have a piece of glass cut to cover them. they could be swapped out as the holidays (or moods) change!

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