Tray Centerpieces

Here's a great alternative to the massive centerpiece that blocks the view from across the table.

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Materials and Tools

pine or barn siding
wood glue
hammer
galvanized nails
miter saw
150-grit sandpaper
wire brush
paint
polyurethane

Note: If using pine, age the wood by combining several colors of paint for a washing technique. Protect the pine surface with two coats of polyurethane. If using barn siding, leave uncoated.

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Steps:

1. Using a miter saw, cut the lumber for the side pieces, end pieces and bottom. The tray measures 12 inches by 6-1/2 inches on the inside. The side and end pieces are two inches high.

2. Sand the pieces with sandpaper. If using barn siding, clean the wood using a wire brush to smooth the rough surface.

3. Attach all the pieces together using wood glue and finish nails.

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4. Add decorative strips of lumber to the end of the tray, cut two 1/2-inch by 6-1/2-inch strips and attach using glue and nails. Add an additional strip to the bottom as feet to give the tray some height.

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5. Using galvanized nails, hammer them in so they are still visible, which will give the trays an antique look.

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