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DIY two tiered serving tray plans

With the holidays upcoming, these DIY two tiered serving tray plans are going to have you build something to impress your guests and keep them fed at the same time!

We used to have an old bowl that we kept our fruits and veggies in that was tucked away on the counter. In our new house, that bowl was in plain sight and we didn’t like it.

We created this two tiered serving tray as a way to display fruits and veggies year round or serve guests with snacks and desserts this holiday season. Make yours today with the free plans below!

how to build a DIY two tiered tray

How to build a wooden two tiered serving tray

This DIY wooden serving tray is simple to build and easy to replicate for your home. You won’t believe how easy it is to build and customize for your space. Plus it looks great!

DIY two tiered serving tray - Charleston Crafted

To build this tray, you only need four tools: a miter saw, a Kreg pocket hole jig, a drill, and a sander.

The entire project is constructed with 1/2″ thick lumber that you can buy directly at the hardware store, giving it a low barrier to entry. No fancy tools required!

We built this tray using our Kreg jig because we didn’t want to have unsightly nail holes through the outside of the edges that would have to be patched.

We love using our Kreg Jig products because they are user friendly and ensure stability in your wood projects.

Two tiered wooden tray

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Wood serving tray construction

As mentioned, we created the plans for this wooden two tiered serving tray to be easy to replicate.

The first step was to build the trays. Each tray is four pieces of wood joined at 90 degree angles in the corners using pocket holes.

Constructing wooden trays

Then, each tray got five slats across the bottom secured into the side with pocket holes.

For each tray, all the pocket holes on the slats are hidden, but they are visible in the corners. Kreg makes great pocket hole plugs for gluing into the hole to disguise them.

However, for holes in 1/2″ thick wood, these plugs don’t work because they can’t go deep enough into the hole. To conceal these as best we could, we made a mixture of wood glue and sawdust from the wood we were using and filled and sanded the holes.

Dowel joinery for wooden tray

Once we had made both trays, we connected them with angled legs. The best way to do this was to use dowel joinery to connect the trays and legs.

Close up of dowel joinery

To use dowel joinery, simply drill a hole through both pieces of wood, then hammer a cut piece of dowel through the holes to secure them and cut/sand off any excess sticking out from the sides.

We oiled the whole thing down with Walrus Oil cutting board oil because we wanted it to have a food-safe finish since we’d be serving food on there.

Two tiered serving tray plans

We partnered with our friends at Kreg to bring you our DIY two tiered serving tray plans for your holiday hosting FOR FREE!

All you have to do is head over to to get the free plans for this project!

Full shot of DIY two tiered serving tray

Our plans have the full material and cut list, plus the step-by-step instructions.

build plans for how to make a two tiered wood tray

When you’re on getting the free DIY two tiered serving tray plans, make sure you also grab our free plans for a waterfall edge cheeseboard that will wow your guests, plans for a new angled base dining table to build to fit all your family for the holidays, and this under bed rolling storage that you can store all your wrapping paper in.

We hope you’re ready to spend the holidays safely hosting friends and family!

Wide shot of two tiered serving tray

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