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Industrial Wood Plank Tray

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I love the industrial look, pieces created with weathered wood and iron pipe.  I have seen tables, shelves and entertainment centers made of plumbing pipe and wood and just love how it looks and how functional it is.  I wanted to create a piece with an industrial look and chose to start small.  I made an industrial wood plank tray out of a few pieces of scrap wood and some pipe.  It was pretty straight forward and now I want to create more pieces!

Industrial wood plank tray made with weathered wood and pipe handles.

Here is what I used:

  • 2 1×6 boards 22 inches long
  • 2 1×4 boards 11 inches long
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Brushes
  • Wood Glue
  • Clamps
  • Screws
  • Drill and bits
  • Pipe (take a look at the picture to see exactly what I used)

Select the right pipe for your industrial wood plank tray

I stared by cutting and sanding my boards then staining them with a saddle colors that matches the woodwork in most of my home.

stained boards for industrial wood plank tray

Once all the pieces were stained and dry I glued and clamped them together.  I let the glue set then added 2 screws to each short board on top for extra security.  These screws are hidden beneath the handles.  Before adding the handles I sealed the wood with polyurethane.

industrial wood plank tray polyurethane

I picked up the pipe for the handles at Home Depot and just played around with what was there until I found a shape I liked.  I chose a black steel finish, the pieces were very greasy and shiny when I got them home.  I washed them in mineral spirits then soap and water which removed the grease and gave them a more rustic finish.

Industrial wood plank tray pipe handle

To assemble the handles I made sure to screw each piece together an equal amount of times, that way each handle ended up being the same length and height.


I am using this tray on my ottoman in my living room.  It’s big enough for a few drinks and a snack and will work great for parties.

Have you made anything with pipe?  Tell me about your project.

Thanks for visiting!

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Tuesday 3rd of May 2016

Such a cool technique and very pretty!

Lorraine D. Reed

Thursday 18th of February 2016

Thanks for sharing your idea with us. It looks great. I like this wooden DIY project very much. I love the handle by plastic. I'll make the tray lighter.

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Sunday 23rd of August 2015

Oooh I love it Sarah!

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