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How to Make a Wood & Leather Nightstand Tray
- 8″ x 9″ piece of 1/4″ plywood
- 48″ piece of 1/4″ x 2″ board
- These thin boards are sometimes called hobby boards at the home improvement store.
- Wood glue
- Painter’s tape
- Stain and sealer
- Pieces of leather
- I used a pair of old worn out boots for my leather.
Out of the 1/4″ x 2″ board, cut 2- 9″ pieces, 2- 8 1/2″ pieces, 1- 8″ piece, and 1- 4 1/4″ piece.
Trim the 8″ piece and 4 1/4″ piece down to 1 3/4″ wide. I used my table saw to do this. If you do not have access to a saw that can do this, you could buy a thinner board for these inside pieces. They wouldn’t be flush to the top like my tray is, but they would still allow separation.
Apply a thin bead of wood glue to the 9″ edge of the plywood. Line one of the 9″ pieces of board with the plywood so it is flush on the bottom. Hold the pieces tight together with painter’s tape. Repeat on the opposite 9″ side.
Secure the 8 1/2″ boards to the other sides of the plywood the same way, but make sure to add wood glue to the sides of the 9″ boards as well. “Clamp” with the painter’s tape.
Now you have a beautiful tray. It would be perfect this way, but I wanted to add some separators to help keep all my husband’s items super organized.
Glue the 8″ and 4 1/4″ board into the tray with the wood glue. Add glue to all edges except the top.
Let the glue dry, then remove the painter’s tape and sand. Stain the sides of the tray. After it has dried, seal it to protect the wood. I used a simple clear spray coat.
To give the tray a little cushion, and make it more masculine, I wanted to cover the bottom of the tray with leather. I have been hanging onto these old boots for a few years now. The bottom of the boots are completely worn out and the soles have broken, but the leather on the top was still beautiful. So I kept them to use eventually. This was the perfect DIY to use them in.
Cut a piece of leather to fit into each of the tray compartments.
Glue the leather into the bottom of the tray. I used hot glue so the glue would dry quickly. That way I could stretch the leather to lay flat in the bottom of the tray.
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