Rustic Serving Tray


Almost two years ago, I went into my garage with some basic tools and an old pallet, and I tried to make something with my hands. Life was complicated, things felt like they were beyond my control, and I wanted something productive to do where I was in control. I had built some things with my father and grandfather when I was growing up, and I wanted to see if I could do it on my own.

A few days later, I completed a rustic serving tray. It wasn’t perfect, but I figured the rustic style would hide all the flaws. I gave it to my mother, who was having her own struggles. She was ecstatic, and it fit perfectly in her modern rustic kitchen.

rustic-pallet-trayThe pallet serving tray I made for my mom 2 years ago.

From that tray, I’ve rekindled a passion for woodworking that has lasted for the last two years. In that time, I’ve built wall decorations, giant Jenga, giant Connect Four, furniture, bookshelves, a flower pot, and even a conference room table. ┬áPlus, I’ve been able to make some projects for my daughter, including a play kitchen, kitchen helper stand, water play table, and Adirondack chair. Moreover, I’ve gained a creative outlet that has been an excellent stress reliever from the struggles of the real world.

Recently my mother started a new chapter of her life, which included selling her home of 21 years and moving to a new community. During these last two years, one of her closest friends has been incredibly supportive on every step of the journey. This includes packing up my mom’s kitchen and moving it to her new place. When she was carrying the tray I made my mom, she loved it and jokingly commented that she would love one for her own.

So I surprised her with one this week.

rustic serving tray built in Lititz, PAHere’s the rustic serving tray I gave my mom’s friend as a Thank You.

I love how woodworking has become more than a hobby for me; it’s a way for me to give back to others, to craft something that someone else will appreciate for years to come, and to simply put a smile on someone’s face.

rustic-wood-serving-tray-lancaster-paWould you look at that rough wood goodness?

I still have enough rough wood and materials to make two additional serving trays. The dimensions are approximately 24″ long by 16″ wide and 3 1/2″ tall. The entire tray is stained and finished with protective polyurethane. If you’d like to order a rustic serving tray, contact me today.

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