Build a Erectable Breakfast Tray Yourself

Are you looking for a practical breakfast tray that is also suitable for a relaxed breakfast in bed? Following you will find an instruction for a tray with practical stands. So you can build a useful shelf for your cups, plates or cereal bowls yourself and enjoy the first meal of the day comfortably in bed.

The project can be implemented in just a few steps and with little material and gives much of pleasure!

Material Tools
Plywood Elements Scroll Saw
Glue Cordless Drill
Screws / Nuts Grinder
Clear or colred Lacquer Clamps
  Ruler, Pencil. Coin

Step 1: Making the Markings

In order to bring the individual elements into the necessary forms, the markings must first be made. At the beginning we draw the handles centered on element A. With the help of a pencil, ruler and a coin, this is done in no time at all, the size of the handle can be chosen as desired. In our example we have chosen a height of 20mm and a width of 180mm. Furthermore, the side connections are drawn, which later allows the wall parts to be pushed together. The element B to be connected is then marked in the opposite direction. The corresponding dimensions are shown in the pictures for illustration purposes.

The upper side of the tray legs (element D) and the small connecting piece (element E) are marked according to the dimensions in the picture, also with the help of a coin. The markings must of course be repeated more often, according to the required number per element.

Step 2: Cut out the Elements with the Scroll Saw

After the elaborate work with the markings has been carried out exactly, the elements are cut out accordingly with the scroll saw.
You go part by part and cut carefully and exactly along the lines. Precise work is required here, as this guarantees mobility and a fit in one another.

Note on sawing out the middle of the handle:
To saw the handle out of the two elements A, drill a hole in the middle with the cordless drill. Then the scroll saw blade is released and passed through the hole. Now the blade is reattached as before and brought to the appropriate tension. The middle of the handle can be cut out along the lines.

Step 3: Assembling the Individual Parts

Now after the individual elements have been brought into the appropriate shapes, the assembly follows.

The upper frame (element A & B) is put together without glue and placed on the base (element C). The frame is attached to the base part using glue and clamps.

In order to get movement in the legs, the small connecting pieces (element E) are attached to the stands (element D). To do this, drill a hole centered in the rounding on both parts and guide a screw through. The screws are fixed with a nut.
For stabilization, connecting struts (element F) are attached between the stands in the marked area and fastened with wood screws.
The small element E is then fixed to the underside of the base with glue (see picture). The legs are now mounted on the tray and the assembly of the individual tray elements is complete.

Step 4: Final Subtleties

The project is being given the finishing touch so that the breakfast tray looks good in bed. To do this, simply take an eccentric, multi or delta sander and machine all surfaces of the tray. If the surface is free of unevenness, varnish is applied. You can decide whether you want to use a clear or coloured varnish. However, take care to ensure that the varnish is suitable for contact with food.

When the second paint has dried, the breakfast tray is ready for its first use.

Have fun recreating the practical project and enjoying a pleasant breakfast in bed.

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Written by Rafał Dryjer
Published on 03.02.2020

Homemade instead of store-bought! Rafał Dryjer is a freelance blogger and an enthusiastic DIY expert. You can find out how to create practical DIY projects at home using various Einhell tools in his blog posts. With the clear step-by-step instructions, you'll become a pro craftsman in no time!