DIY Dremel Project
A Wall Hanging Geometric Serving Tray can double as Wall Art. Guess what? Even home decor can multi-task!
Dremel Saw-Max with flush cut wheel, Dremel Miter Guide for Saw-Max, Clamps, Drill, Hammer, Safety Glasses, Dremel Multi-Max & 4000 Rotary (optional)
~Two sheets of 1/4” plywood.
a) at least 24×24” – for the base
b) at least 24×30” – for the pattern strips
(hardware stores usually carry handy panels pre-cut approx this size)
~One 8 ft length of wood for the sides of tray (I used some scrap)
~Gorilla Glue wood glue, Sand paper, Paint, brushes, screws, small nails (optional),
painter’s acrylic caulk
Set aside the 24×24 in plywood and 8 ft length of lumber.
Mark your lines on the longer sheet of plywood. I chose about 4”strips, but you can change this to make larger/smaller triangles.
Secure wood to table with clamp, and use the Dremel Saw Max to cut your strips.
*Note: to get a super straight line with the Saw Max, you can clamp a long board along your mark to use as a guide.
I chose to paint and stain my strips and side pieces at this point. Totally up to you (if you have already decided on colors, it’s easier to paint long strips instead of each little triangle, one by one).
Stack and clamp your strips with the Dremel Miter Guide to make the first end cut with the Saw Max (keep these end scraps, you’ll use them later).
Make sure all edges are lined up on those strips.
After each angled cut, flip the stack over and cut again to get your triangles. Make as many triangles as you’d like, and keep the extras for another triangle project someday (I’m sure I’ll do one again soon!).
Now the really fun part begins….
Lay out your triangles and play around with pattern/grain. If you didn’t start the painting process when they were in strip form, start it now to get an idea of what it will look like as it comes together.
*After the paint dries, sand the edges of these pieces to distress the paint job.
Now that you’ve decided on your layout, glue the pieces to the 24×24” piece you set aside earlier. Use the end-piece scraps from earlier, to finish the pattern when you get close the the edges.
If you are using a table saw, make sure to leave extra room along one edge so the triangles won’t overhang the bottom sheet. You’ll need the straight edge of that bottom sheet to run it along the table saw’s rip fence.
I use big books to flatten and clamp down pieces as I go while the Gorilla Glue dries.
“Thanks to Gorilla Glue for providing
the glue for this project”
Next up,… trim the sides:
After the Gorilla Glue dries, clamp your artsy workpiece to a table and use the Saw Max to trim up the edges. You can decide how much you want to trim it down.
Now we measure and cut for the sides of the tray/art piece.
Taking your 8 ft piece of lumber, clamp and cut it into four pieces, making sure to give an extra inch or two for each side (better to trim the ends to exact size after you line them up on the tray, and make a precise mark).
Laying the tray side pieces on top of tray, make your marks, then trim to size.
Secure four sides together using one screw on each corner (don’t forget to drill your pilot holes to prevent splitting).
Next, place the triangle tray bottom face down on top of the rectangle frame you just made. Make sure edge lines up all the way around then glue (If it’s not perfect, don’t worry! We can trim up any little excess in the end.)
Nail away! For added strength, use some evenly spaced screws too.
Make a handle groove.
Notch out handles on each end (if desired) by using the Saw Max and adjusting depth, or the 4000 rotary tool.
Fill in any gaps in your pattern with painter’s caulk. I like using the caulk because it wipes away so smoothly with a damp wipe, and it’s white color fits right in with my color scheme.)
Touch up paint and sand where it’s needed.
Stick felt pads on the bottom if you’re going to use it as a tray to protect surfaces.
Add a hanging piece if you’re wanting to hang it as an art piece.
“My friends at Dremel provided me the Dremel
tools used to complete this project.”
View My Tutorial on Dremel Weekends Blog
A Special Thanks To Dremel and Gorilla Glue.
- Serving Tray
- Wall Hanging
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