In my mind, you can never have too many cutting and serving boards. Especially if you like entertaining. And I’ve been wanting to add a few circular boards to my collection recently, so I thought I might as well DIY instead of buy. And as it turns out, these leather-handle DIY serving boards are really, really, really easy to make! So there’s no excuse not to give it a try. Click through for the tutorial.
The leather handles make the trays easy to hang, grab, and go. Plus, I think they just look nice – makes them look more finished than just a circular wood round on it’s own.
- 12-14 inch (food safe) wood round – at least 3/4 inch thick*
- leather scraps (at least 10-12 inches long)
- power drill
- table vise (I like a clamp on version, like this)
*I picked up my food safe wood round locally at a woodworking store, but you can find them lots of places. There are lists for food safe wood types all over internet land too, if you need a guide.
Instructions for DIY Serving Tray
Once you have the circular wood piece, all you need to do is cut and attach the leather handle, with a couple screws and a drill. It’s also super helpful (and safer) to use a table vise to secure the wood circle while adding the handle. Here’s how I make mine…
1. Cut a piece of leather to the desired size. I cut one piece of 12 x 1.5 inch leather into two pieces of 12 x .75 inch leather. So I had enough for each of the two boards I wanted to make.
2. Next, clamp the circular wood piece to a table vise and drill a hole through the leather and the side of the board (as shown in the photo). I put the hole about 3/4 inch in from the end of the leather strap.
3. Next drill the screw through the hole in the leather and the board until tight. Drill the screw in slowly, so that the leather strap doesn’t rotate in a direction you don’t want it to.
4. Determine how big of a handle you want (a short one, tall one, wide one, skinny one), then repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other side of the leather strap, attaching it to the board. That’s it! Super simple, right?
Adding leather handles to each side (two handles for each serving / cutting board would be cool too, if you wanted to be able to carry it flat to a table, etc for entertaining. And you’d attach the extra handle the same way as the first. Just make sure its directly across from the other handle to make sure its balanced.
Are you a fan of this leather handle cutting board / serving tray?