This minimalist yet modern D.I.Y. paper tray is a perfect addition to any home office.
Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses, ear muffs and a mask, for example) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment. Work in a well-ventilated area when working with cutting tools.
Because the paper tray shelves are offset, mark the underside of the first MDF tray as the ‘base’. Mark the second tray as the ‘top’. Mark the ‘front’ sides of both the base and the top tray.
On the base, from the front, mark 245mm and 195mm on both sides.
On the top, from the front, mark 205mm and 155mm.
Apply two coats of water-based enamel paint all over using an angled paintbrush, leaving to dry thoroughly after each coat.
Cut two 170mm side rails from 90mm x 12mm DAR Tasmanian oak with a mitre saw. Smooth with 180-grit abrasive paper, rounding over the edges slightly, and wipe away dust with a damp cloth. Use a small brush to seal with two coats of clear varnish, leaving to dry after each coat.
*Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.
Turn the assembly on its side to position the top tray between the rails, 135mm from the front, securing with 20mm button head screws through the pre-drilled holes from the inside.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.