How to Make a Breakfast Tray With Legs


A breakfast tray is a relatively easy item to make. It consists of a simple board with hinged legs, and it can be easily washed if necessary. Although this construction is slightly flimsy, it can be easily reinforced with boards connecting the legs on either side. This requires tools and raw materials purchased from a hardware store.

Things You'll Need

  • 2.5-by-2-foot long wooden board,1/2 inch thick
  • 5-foot-by-1-inch square wooden rod
  • 4 hinges,1 inch
  • 16 screws, 3/4 inch
  • Jigsaw
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Sander
  • Safety gear
  • Marker pencil
  • Sand the corners and edges of the board to form a rounded shape.

  • Cut the wooden rod into four equal pieces to make the legs, each measuring 1-1/4 feet long. Be sure to mark the lengths with a pencil to prevent mistakes with the jigsaw. Sand the edges and corners.

  • Place one hinge on each of the legs. The hinge should be at the edge of the leg near the top and even with the edge of the cut leg ends. Note the cut ends are also known as the small face. Each hinge should be placed with the joint transverse to the length of the leg and facing the other small face. The hinge should open so it lays flat on the face of the leg.

  • Screw the hinges down on each leg with two screws, so the hinge can open out onto the leg.

  • Screw each hinged leg onto the shorter sides of the board with two screws through the hinges at each end. The legs should be able to flip onto the underside of the board when completed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use safety glasses and other equipment when working with power tools and around sawdust.

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