How to Make a Tall Hexagon Tray

Learn how to make a tall hexagon tray with just 2 boards! This quick DIY wooden tray is perfect for arranging things on a coffee table, ottoman, or kitchen counter.

Add a decorative layer to the inside of the tray with this printable tray art, and read more about decorating with trays 5 Ways and 10 Places to Use Trays In Your Decoration.

Get the printed hexagon tray plan here

DIY Long Hexagon Wood Tray

Hi, It’s not from My Love 2 Make. I recently shared how to make a quick “vintage” wooden box. I firmly trust that you don’t have enough crates OR enough trays!

The very same tool to make your home decor look good while keeping it organized.

See what I mean ?! The tray it is so beautiful and unique and it adds charm, I like it.

2-board DIY wooden serving tray

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Plus this quick DIY wooden tray can be used in any room in the house. A perfect accent to the decor or place to keep things in order – like remote TVs and magazines.

Or make one as a gift – housewarming, wedding, thinking of you, just because!

See also: Why You Should Use Trays In Your Home Decor and 8 Practical Use for Trays Throughout the House

The standard cutting angle will take the hexagon tray to the next level from a basic rectangular tray.

This is an excellent project for beginning woodworkers to practice properly cutting angles and also cutting pieces to the right size.

DIY tall hexagon wooden tray on coffee table

How to Make a Tall Hexagon Tray

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Watch the video tutorial below and click here to see a full photo tutorial on Mylove2create


The hexagon tray measures 1 ½ ”D x 20 ¼” L x 10 ½ ”W at most points. The rectangular section is ~ 13 ″ x 9 ″ so papers, magazines, books, will fit well.

Dimensions of Long Long Hexagon Wooden Service Tray

If you want the tray edge to be deeper, you can sub a 1 × 3 or 1 × 4 for the tray edge pieces.

Tools and Materials

To build this tall hexagon DIY wooden tray, you just have to TWO 1 × 2 boards and a seen on the miter.

A brad nailer will help the project come together firmly and securely (and quickly), but you can use a hammer and finish the nails as well.

Since the base of the tray is glued inside, a pair of bar clamp must (and worth the investment because you will always use it in other projects!)

You should too wood glue, wood filler, and any stains, paint, and stamps you want to use.

If you want to make it a service tray, add a pair of handles to the end.

Get the plan here in the tree with a complete cutting list and assembly instructions.

How to Cut a Wood Hexagon

If you’re building a hexagon shape, kill high school geometry class and remember that 30 degrees is the key to a hexagon!

You put your seen on the miter at 30 degrees (left photo) to cut the boards according to size of woodworking plan.

Cutting 30 Degree Miter For Tray Hexagon Tray

The pieces in the bottom tray are across the wider surface of the board (high right photo).

The sides of the tray are cut along the narrow surface of the chalkboard (right photo).

See more Hexagon DIY Projects, as it were A Board Hexagon Planter and The Moroccan Side table.

Assemble in a Hexagon Tray

After cutting the pieces inside the tray to size, you build the bottom by edge gluing the pieces.

Stick Top Tall Hexagon Tray Pieces Together

Glue your boards to the bottom with wood glue and then clamp them using the clamp bars as the wood dries.

You can wipe off the excess glue with a damp cloth after you clamp. If you get stained be sure to do so, as drying the glue will not remove the stain.

Once the glue is dry remove the clamps and make the tray inside smooth.

Cutting Angled Tray Edges

You can get a better and more accurate fit for the sides of the tray if you measure and mark the * finish * glue the wooden base hexagon.

(Ang plans to be printed include tips for doing this well and accurately as well.)

Marking of Hexagon Wood Tray Side Pieces

After that you sand the side parts and attach them to the bottom using glue and (optional) brad nails or finish the nails.

Join Wood Hexagon Tray Sides with Glue and Nails

You can look at mine Triangle Hexagon Tray for more tips and tricks on building this tray in shape.

Finish a DIY Wood Tray

Before finishing any woodworking project, be sure to fill all the holes in the tree trunk and sand neatly. It will make a huge difference to the finished product!

Use a pre-wood conditioner before staining soft wood such as pine.

I tossed my tray into the Kona Rustoleum. I started with a lighter stain, but didn’t like it so I ended it in the dark and this is what I wanted!

I finished 3 coats of poly sanding with 320 grit between coats 1 and 2 to make it nice and smooth.

Staining Long Hexagon DIY Wood Tray

For a different finishing style, you can also try:

Where to Use a DIY Wood Tray

The quick wooden tray is the perfect size for storing small items in your home.

Use it on a coffee table, ottoman, or entry table on the ground the decoration and organize your belongings.

Long Hexagon DIY Wood Tray With Candle and Bottle

It would look so great in the closet to get your jewelry in the evening … Or put it in the kitchen for holding flowers!

DIY Wood Hexagon Tray For Kitchen Counter

Trays can add the perfect touch to any room decor.

The wooden tray also looks good in the living room that sits with mine Recovered Coffee Tree Table!

Easy DIY Wood Tray with Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Plus it can be a perfect place to keep out in remote areas, if you get lost in them easily…

How about putting it in the bathroom to hold lotions, soaps, and perfume ?! Lots of weird ideas!

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DIY Tray Plans - Long Hexagon Tray for Coffee table

Now you want to build one don’t you ?! I have others Jar ideas with full instructions on my blog for lots of ideas!



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Published 05 August 2017 // Last Updated May 17, 2021

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