What kind of wood should I use for a serving tray?
If you choose that option, be sure to use stock that is suitable for cutting boards, such as walnut, cherry, maple, birch, or other closed pore hardwoods. Woods such as oak and mahogany, are best avoided due to their open pores that can trap food particles and collect bacteria. Rip the strips for the tray.
How do you waterproof a wooden tray?
There are three surefire ways to waterproof your wood for years to come.
- Use linseed or Tung oil to create a beautiful and protective hand-rubbed finish.
- Seal the wood with coating of polyurethane, varnish, or lacquer.
- Finish and waterproof wood simultaneously with a stain-sealant combo.
How do you seal a wooden tray?
Use acrylic paint and a clear acrylic over the paint if you want a coat over the paint. For a natural finish, I recommend starting with Zissner Seal Coat for the first coat and clear acrylic for subsequent coats. If you plan on staining, don’t use the seal coat first. It will resist the stain.
What is the size of a serving tray?
The interior dimensions of our Classic Serving Trays are 13″ X 19″, which is the most common placemat size. This is no coincidence— we designed the tray to hold one entire place setting.