I designed and built 2ft x 1ft wooden trays using 1/4″ plywood, 2×1, 3×1, 4x screws, 4x nails, and glue. Like most of my projects, I stained the pieces using ”Honey” Varathane wood stain and pre-conditioner.
A handful of my friends liked this project. Among the feedback comments was the ergonomic handles, large size, rustic look and the shade of the stain.
As a result, the positive feedback motivated me to consider mass production and selling; at the very least cover material and tooling costs. In the first round of marketing the trays, I got 3 buyers, my favorite restaurant in Durham and 2 friends of mine.
Pictures below show different stages of construction and a first attempt at mass production.