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After spotting leather baskets (see my post: Woven Leather Storage Baskets), then custom bedside trays at various Ace Hotels, I decided that the junk removed from the average pocket (keys, lint, and change) looks much better when enveloped in a nest of supple leather.
The discovery left me convinced I could replicate the look or at least, get pretty close. Read on for step-by-step instructions to make your own leather tray.
My Finished DIY Project
- One piece of Tooling Leather; $17.43 at Amazon or sourced from your local hardware store
- Four Metal Spring Clamps (optional); $6.55 for set of 6 via Amazon
- Pair of Leather Hole Punch Pliers ($7.43 at Amazon)
- A Rivet Setter ($3.99 each), a Rivet Anvil ($2.99), and one 100-pack of medium Solid Brass Double Cap Rivets ($22.99) all available at Tandy Leather Factory
Step 1: I first used small clamps to form the edges of the tray and make punching holes in the corners easier.
Step 2: Use a pencil to mark the position of your holes (a total of eight markings); a ruler comes in handy, too; you want each to be in the exact same spot. Then squeeze the edges of each corner together and use the leather hole puncher to cut out your holes.
Step 3: Thread a rivet through each hole and use the rivet setter to attach the two sides of the rivet together. Repeat on the other three corners–and you’re done! The project was much easier and less expensive than I had anticipated.
N.B.: This post is an update; it was originally published on Remodelista on February 5, 2014.
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