This pedestal tray is super simple to put together. You just need to find something for the base like a burl, small tree stump or section from a tree limb.
A burl is a rounded outgrowth on the trunk or branch of a tree. Quite often they are on older, larger trees where they have had some time to grow. As far as the small burls go, you can cut these from the tree quite easily without harming the tree. Most people like burls for the beautiful grain of wood on the inside. I like the cool shape, with the bark on, to use for things like this pedestal tray. Of course, larger pieces of burl can be quite valuable, especially Walnut, so I would think twice before leaving it clothed in it’s bark in that case!
If you didn’t want to use a burl for this tray, another cool look is to remove a stump from a small fallen tree. The design would not be a perfect cylinder, making it unique. You would just need to cut the bottom flush so that it sits straight.
Large tree limbs are always falling from trees whenever there is a storm. This is a great place to get a section of wood for a base. Find something that has other branches growing from it that can be trimmed off. It will give the stand a more whimsical look then a straight cut piece of log.
For the top, I simply purchased a wood plaque from the craft store but you could cut your own slab from a large tree. Since I didn’t have anything on hand that was large enough and it is the middle of winter, I opted to buy.
Now all you have to do is glue your top to the base with some wood glue and that’s it! You have a super cool looking wood serving tray.
I think it would be fun to make these in varying sizes and heights. A larger cake stand would be nice and a long narrow condiment tray would be fun too. I would love to have a whole rustic party table!