This was a quick and easy project, based solely on my need to help corral all the junk on my nightstand. I actually went to Target to look for a tray to fix this issue, but I couldn’t find one that was the right dimensions. Also, none of the trays had charging stations, and I refused to pay $10-15 for something I would have to take a drill to anyways!
Supplies & Tools Needed
- Scrap 1 x 6 Wood
- Scrap 1 x 3 Wood
- Exacto Blade
- Thrift Store Belt- $3.00
- Kreg Jig- Already owned
- Finish Nails
- 1 1/4″ Kreg Jig Screws
- Wood Glue
- Miter Saw or Miter Box
- Leftover Burlap
- Hot Glue Gun
- Minwax Express Color Stain in Walnut
- Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane in Satin Finish
- Philips screwdriver
- Machine Screws #10-24 x 1-1/4″– $1.18
- Cap Nuts #10-32– $2.97
Total $7.15! (everything without a price is something I already owned)
I started off with a board that I cut down to 5.5″ wide by 10″ long. I chose this size because it fit perfectly on my minuscule nightstand and also could hold my phone.
I then drilled some holes with the Kreg Jig, 2 on each long size and 1 on each end.
Then I started to cut the sides of the tray. I mitered one of the edges of the 1×3″ at a 45 degree angle and then held it up to the bottom piece of wood and marked where the edge was.
I then used that mark on my miter saw to measure where to start the 45 degree angle cut out. Basically the end pieces all had inside lengths from corner to corner of 5.5″ (not including the angles of the miter), while the long pieces of wood were 10″ (again not including the angle of the miter). I worked my way around the tray cutting all of the miters and dry fitting the pieces.
I then glued the corners together and used some masking tape to hold them together while I also nailed them.
Then I flipped over the wood tray and screwed the base to the sides using Kreg Jig screws. Wipe of any excess glue.
Once the glue was dry, I stained and used polyurethane on the tray. I also used a 3/16″ drill bit to drill a hole for my phone charger.
Once the stain was dry, I hot glued burlap to the inside of the wooden tray.
Then I took my $3 thrift store belt, and cut it down to 6″ long. I cut it down to longer than the edge of the tray, so I would be able to create more of a curve to the handle.
Then I drilled 2 holes into the belt 1/2″ in from the edge.
I also drilled in 2 holes into each side of the wooden tray. These were 1-1/4″ in from the edge.
Next I used the machine screws to screw through the wooden hole and also into the hole in the belt with a Philips screwdriver.
Finally I screwed the cap nuts to the ends of the screws.
Done! Now hopefully this will stop me from knocking my phone off of my nightstand every time I try to hit the snooze button…