You haven’t seen this Farmhouse Tray on Buzzfeed…yet!

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Farmhouse Tray from a blank round piece of wood | Country Design Style |

Problem; How to turn a basic round piece of wood into a shiplap farmhouse tray.

Solution; Use a small router bit and add handles.

This is a great project for anyone new to using a router.

See if you notice my mistake on almost all the photos in this post too!

Farmhouse Tray

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Farmhouse Tray sq | Country Design Style |

A basic ship lap farmhouse tray.

DIY Farmhouse candle holders | Country Design Style before |

My round piece of wood came from the thrift store.  I bought the stool for the spindle legs to make farmhouse candle holders.

Now I wanted to find something to do with the round piece of wood.

Farmhouse Tray when you don't clean before painting | Country Design Style |

I sanded the top well, but when it came to the bottom, I didn’t!  Ops!  This is what happens if you paint over dirty.  The dirty can bleed through the paint.

Farmhouse Tray sanding | Country Design Style |

The best way to fit it is to clean by sanding.

Farmhouse Tray handles | Country Design Style |

The piece of wood is painted with one coat of chalk-based paint.  These are the handles I found.  But the problem…it’s too plain.

Making the lines

Farmhouse Tray centering | Country Design Style |

So I grabbed the center-finding ruler

Farmhouse Tray pencil lines | Country Design Style |

and drew lines 3 1/2 inches wide.

Note, if using a router isn’t on your “I can’t wait to try this” list.  I suggest darkening the lines and going with pencil shiplap.  It works great on walls too!

The router

Farmhouse Tray router bit | Country Design Style |

But if trying a router is on your “I can’t wait to try this” list, then let’s do this.  My number one tip for using any new tool is to read the boring manual.  Get to know your tool before using it.

I used my 17-year old router with this router bit {the smallest size} just barely peeking out from the base.  It’s peeking out about 1/16 of an inch.

I used the centering ruler again to measure the distance from the center of the bit to the flat edge of the router.  Mine is 2 1/2 inches.

Farmhouse Tray fence | Country Design Style |

Next, I measured 2 1/2 inches from each pencil line and clamped a straight edge….or an old level I use for the straight edge. :/

Farmhouse Tray shiplapped | Country Design Style |

The router cuts left to right along each pencil mark.

Painting and Waxing

Farmhouse Tray distressed | Country Design Style |

Now for the second coat of paint…and to fill in the shiplap grooves.

Farmhouse Tray waxed | Country Design Style |

A bit of sanding and distressing along the “wear” places.  Then a coat of my favorite wax to add a bit of shine and protection.

Farmhouse Tray pin | Country Design Style |

The handles are added and that simple round piece of wood is now a farmhouse style shiplap look tray.

Farmhouse Tray | Country Design Style |

Did you figure out my mistake?  If so, let others know in comments below.

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  1. Andi Cacciatore says:

    Did not see a mistake, but sure like that tutorial on the router and making it look like shiplap!

    1. Andi, my watermark “or logo on the images” is upside-down! I simply love using the router. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. Beautiful tray and your website is as beautiful as ever. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thank you Pam. I love the cleaner look. Now to keep it that way. Websites are like houses, they can get messy!

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