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Having made a dice tower, I decided to make a matching tray to stop dice skittering all over the table.

It can be used on its own, but I have made this to exactly fit the tower.

I've also taken the opportunity to play with lasering to make an inlaid pattern in felt.

Step 1: Needful Things

As well as your chosen cutting tool and the files attached, you'll need;

  • 3mm plywood - you could use any 3mm thick material, depending on your preference. MDF would look good.
  • Felt - if you're going to try the same inlay, you'll need two colours of your choice.
  • PVA wood-glue
  • Scissors -sharp nail-scissors are good.
  • Clamps
  • Time - including drying time, this should take you 60-90 minutes (the warmer the work-space, the quicker the glue will dry).

Step 2: Cutting

The files as given have all the parts, wood and felt, in one run.

You'll need to edit the files & cutting settings to suit your machine, but as a guide I found that this cheap pound-shop felt cut well with the same power as the plywood, but twice the speed.

The inlay felt is cut from the same file as the felt that will line the tray, but minus the rectangular outline.

When you cut the felt, make sure you use a honeycomb bed, and be gentle lifting the felt off the bed after cutting, watching for the loss of small parts.

Step 3: Construct the Tray

Lay out your parts, glue the joints, and lift into place.

Clamp gently (3mm ply can hold the curves it gains during the drying of the glue), and leave to dry.

Step 4: Crenelations!

Glue the crenelations around the top of the tray.

The pieces are all 3mm longer than the side of the tray - the 3mm extra needs to stick out one side to make the crenelations one continuous piece.

Clamp and leave to dry.

Step 5: The Felt Inlay

Start by laying out your pieces, and comparing the layout to the actual logo (it's easy to get parts twisted or doubled-over).

Smear glue all across the bottom of the tray, and fit the main piece of felt.

Fit the inlay pieces, one at a time. Glue the space for the pieces just before you add that piece - the glue may dry too quickly to hold the last piece otherwise.

I think the "felt" is not actually woollen, since the thinner parts of the design melted away during the cut. I used the fine scissors to snip parts from the left-over blue felt to fill in the missing parts (specifically the eye of the dragon, the narrow blue part of the tail, and the gap between the top of the dragon's head and the loop of the ampersand above it.

I found it easiest to put a blob of glue on a scrap of card, then pick up drops with a pin to get glue into the small gaps I was filling in.

(Logo source)

Step 6: Done!

That's it - you can go and play!

The tray works perfectly on it's own, but you can also make your own dice tower to fit in it.

If you make one, I'd love to see a picture in the comments...

<p>Are those knuckle bones? That's pretty hardcore. I hope you roll those if you are RP'ing a Barbarian or a Necromancer.</p>
<p>They are actually a plastic set, bought from an English Heritage shop, decades ago...</p>
<p>Nice! I particularly like the use of the pink flower clothes peg for clamping :D</p>
<p>Haha, I need more small clamps, but the washing line is <em>soo</em> much closer than the hardware shop.</p>

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