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This is something you probably already saw.... Anyway, I had one bought at some street market, the material was some kind of super think eco-leather and in time it started to fall apart.

Finding it a useful ornament, I decided to make one from a proper real material. So I search in my scrap pile and found a prefect fitted piece of moderately big sturdy leather. It is lucid brown finished, and I think it gives a sophisticated touch to the tray. The back is nicely grippy and works perfectly to keep it in place.

This is my version of a leather tray, and this is what I used:

-big/strong cutter

-leather puncher

-cutting surface

-leather piece of choice

-4x bolts and 4x nuts

Step 1: Pick the Material You Like

This kind of trays can be made in every kind of material you can imagine, from the softer to the hardest (with different solutions for bending and shaping...).

In my take on this classic, I went for a quite hard brown lucid leather, 3-4 mm thick, that required quite strength and patience to be cut and bent. I wanted it to be sturdy.

Step 2: Design and Realisation

You can go for many different designs (look here for inspiration: https://goo.gl/Xna8xj).

I decided to use a classic square design, with pins (bolts in my case) to pinch up the corners and obtain a proper tray for keys and stuff.

I cut a square out of my leather scrap as big as possible (I managed to fit a 200x200 mm square) and used a needle to draw the four corner. to have a perfect square you can use a 45° degree set square. Then used a cutter and ruler to cut every side.

For the holes I used a leather puncher you usually use to make holes in the belts or leather stuff. I used the bigger hole, measuring 5 mm in diameter. I positioned the holes as you see in the drawing, using a pencil on the rough side of the leather to mark the lines (it easily clean off, avoid doing it on the treated side of the leather).

I then just finished my tray pinching hard on the corners (the material is quite stiff) and using the bolts to keep it in pace. The bolts are 6 mm in diameter, so they actually screw in keeping the leather in place without the need of a nut, but you can go for a smaller diameter and have the "mechanic" look that actually has a purpose.

Step 3: Finished Tray

Everything here is customizable, my is just a finished example of how it will turn out to look.

I decided to use the finished surface as inside, as I find it very nice and durable. And secondly, the rough/rubbery back of the leather works perfectly as grippy surface in order to keep the tray in place.

Hope you enjoyed and found some inspiration! Show me your personal version of it if you do one.

I'll probably try to make more of this, I'll show how they'll ed up. Have a nice day!

what's the story of the cool looking large skeleton key?<br>
<p>O.o what do you mean? they're just my keys ^^</p>
<p>Looks great! I will try to make this either tonight or tomorrow :)</p>
Thanks! Please share some feedback on process, materials and improvements! I'm going to do it again sooner or later ;)
<p>Thank you! This was super cool to make :) To be honest I cheated, and used the lid of one of my girlfriends shoe boxes, so it is not square, but rectangular. I only had quite soft leather laying around, so that is why I have put those rock coaster in the bottom of the tray on the photos. I had brass rivets in my tool box. I also painted the edges with some edge paint I had. Thank you very much again, and I will try to get some thicker, and stiffer leather for the next one :) Great item for a watch freak like me.</p>
<p>Great! Of course I think the shape depends also on where you're going to put it, maybe rectangular in some shelves will use the free space more wisely ;)</p><p>The softer leather surely is weaker (especially difficult if you ever want to take it around like a little box, but it's not meant to be used like that!) but I found that folding the bottom sides in order to create the edges help it to develop a more stable shape (in my case I needed that to force the leather in shape, you can use it to make it more stable and squared out).</p>
<p>nice watch and tray.</p>
<p>This looks really nice! I love mixing industrial and natural materials :)</p>
<p>Thanks! I was going for rivets but couldn't find them (didn't want to go crazy searching them) so I decided for bolts, and I think too they look pretty =D</p>

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