DIY - Concrete Serving Tray

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot
wood and concrete industrial serving tray #diyworkshop

It's time for another DIH-Workshop!

Yes friends, one more wonderful workshop happening this Thursday, June 15 @ 6:30 pm at your local Home Depot: Learn how to build a concrete serving tray. Register right HERE.

In the mean time, a group of bloggers got together to create a similar version of the concrete tray, in hopes of give you ideas for your own project. At the end of this post you'll find the link to the other trays my friends have built.

First, let me tell you about my project, because I really love it! It was my first time working with concrete and it was fast and easy. I decided to lessen the cold factor the concrete gives by adding pieces of wood for an overall industrial look.

how to make a concrete tray - industrial handles

The most important step for building your own concrete tray is creating the tray form.

The materials I used to create the form:
  • 1- 22" x 14" x ½" Plywood
  • 1-  1" x 2" x 8'  
  • 1- ½" half round x 5'
  • 12 - 1¼" wood screws
  • ¾" brad nails.

The materials I used to create the concrete tray:


wood inlays in concrete tray

Mark the area for the 1" x 3" material on both ends of the piece of plywood. Then, draw 45-degree lines every 4" in the mid part of the plywood.

Ryobi nailer and drill #dihworkshop

Cut the half round material to cover the 45-degree lines. Set them in place with the pneumatic nailer.
Use 1¼" wood screws to install the 1" x 2" pine material all around the plywood, to complete the form.

concrete projects for the home

The most important thing when you are ready to work with concrete is having everything ready!

Follow the manufacturer's directions and measure extra quantities of what you think you might need.
As the name implies, it's a rapid set mix, about 10 min. to harden.

* before pouring the concrete into the form, I sprayed it with cooking oil to prevent both materials from sticking up. *

how to make an industrial serving tray with wood inlays

I wanted to be extra sure the concrete was well set and waited 24 hours to drill the holes for the handles. I used a 1/4" carbide drill bit

the home depot workshop concrete tray

Drill holes into the wooden pieces too. Then, it's a matter of sandwiching the concrete in between the two pieces of wood on each side, pass the screws thru the three layers, top them off with the handles, and securing them with the cap nuts.

The final step is to cut new pieces of half round material and glue them in place.

Those handles are strong! and I love the nice finishing touch the cap nuts give to the tray.

Industrial serving tray - concrete and wood

I think the addition of the wood warms up the flat concrete surface.

industrial concrete tray with drink and limes and lemons in white bowl - Patio decor

This is a strong tray that's going to serve me so well for a long time!

how to make a concrete tray with added wood - drinks and limes and lemons on tray

How to make a concrete tray with handles and wooden inlays - The Home Depot workshop

It's now YOUR turn to create a 
Thursday, June 15, 2017
6:30 to 8:00PM

The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.

There are three types of Workshops offered:
  • Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
  • Do-It-Herself (DIH)
  • and kids.
Customers can learn how to build decor projects, how to make easy home repairs, and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.

Share your very own project through your social media channels using the hashtag


Now, let's see all the awesome creations my blogging friends created!
Click on the links below to see lots of Concrete Tray inspiration:

*I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program. As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commision guidelines.*

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