Sometimes I find something so inspiring in blogland, I feel like I need to make it the same day. Then, there are times that it takes me…oh, about a year.
I’ve been wanting to make a yardstick tray ever since I saw the one that Susan from Between Naps on the Porch spied at Ballard Designs Outlet back in March of 2012. Yardsticks aren’t as easy to find as I had hoped. I found a couple in the Habitat for Humanity store and bought the rest on Etsy and Ebay.
So, here we are, a year later with the tray finally done and another project marked off the list!
As with most of my projects, I start off with a plan and then have to pause, rewind, delete and change it around a little. As you can see in the picture below, I decided not to use the handles. Why cover up the vintage advertising? That’s my favorite part. I also ended up using one inch corner braces instead of half inch and four clamps instead of two.
But it all turned out fine at the end.
Well, sort of. You’ll see.
In the spirit of being thrifty and working with what I had, I started with a piece of 1/2 inch plywood and had my husband cut it down to 10.5 inches by 15 inches. For some reason, I still won’t go within 10 feet of the table saw.
I cut the yardsticks the width of the board and used wood glue to attach them to the board. Then, I clamped them using some scrap pieces of wood. The clamps will squeeze out some excess glue so you’ll have to take the clamps off, wipe the tray with a damp cloth then reapply the clamps.
After the glue dried, I cut the side pieces and used wood glue and brad nails to attach them to the plywood base. I sealed the top of the tray with a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax but you could you use polyurethane. The corner braces are really just to give it a more industrial look.
And speaking of looks…
I didn’t realize how crooked the tray turned out until I looked at the pictures. I’m guessing the board was a little warped from sitting in our building for so long.
But I still love it, imperfections and all.
Sometimes, just getting a project completed is more important than getting it perfect. Don’t you agree?