Tongue and Groove Ottoman Tray

Wood ottoman tray
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This beautiful ottoman tray is solid wood and can be painted or stained any color.  This project cost less than $20 to build.  This is a gorgeous and functional addition to ottomans or as a serving tray.  

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Tongue and Groove Ottoman Tray

ottoman tray dimensions
Ottoman tray about 21-1/2" x 21-1/2" and 1-1/2" deep


Shopping List
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x6 pine tongue and groove board, 8 feet long
  • 1-1/4" brad nails
  • wood glue
Cut List
  • 4 - 1x6 tongue and groove boards @ 20"
  • 1x2 for the frame should be measured and cut to fit
Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

One of the tongue and groove boards should be cut in half lengthwise.

The easiest way to do this is with a tablesaw.

If you don't have a tablesaw, you can use a guide and a circular saw.  The guide should be clamped offset from the desired cut to match the circular saw foot offset.

Clamp the board securely to a work surface and cut with circular saw.

Step 2

Glue the tongue and groove pieces together, with the two cut pieces on each end.

Step 3

Measure the width of the tray and cut two 1x2s to match.  Attach with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 4

Measure the remaining edges of the tray and cut two 1x2s to match.  Attach with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
I filled all nail holes with wood filler and let dry.
I sanded everything with 120 grit sandpaper.
I removed sanding residue with a vacuum followed by damp lint free cloth.
Finish Used
I applied one coat of wood stain in "Sunbleached" by Varathane.
I added a coat of water based polyurethane to protect.
I added the hardware handles after the poly dried.