Letter Tray

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Project by thetree posted 1590 days ago 1622 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started as a basic routed wood bowl. The woods are bloodwood, figured maple, and leopardwood. I laminated them together, routed the inside with using a bowl/tray bit, then cut the outside on a bandsaw and sanded everything. It is finished with a hand rubbed polyurethane. I figured that if I just left it as a bowl, it would sit on a shelf until I sold it or threw it away. By relieving the front of the bowl, I was able to make it into a functional letter tray that can sit on my desk and gather incoming mail. I am always rewarded by the grain of the leopardwood when I get to the bottom of that stack of bills!


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#1 posted 1590 days ago

Leopard Wood is my favorite at the moment!!! Great job. You might as well enjoy your work.

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#2 posted 1590 days ago

That is very cool. I like that leopardwood I’ve been wanting to make one of these.The cutout in the front is a good alternative to the average bowl.

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#3 posted 1590 days ago

I love it!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 1590 days ago

Very nice bowl/letter holder. I’ve been thinking about trying some of the bowl router bit projects- might have to order one. I think Woodcraft or Rockler is offering a set with the bit and some templates.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 1590 days ago

Great job, love the look and finish.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#6 posted 1590 days ago

Really nice work. Looks great.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 1590 days ago

Beautiful, beautiful.. I like the finish & colour!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 1590 days ago

this is one exceptional project… looks great!!!!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#9 posted 1590 days ago

Beautiful! Very nice!

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada

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-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 1590 days ago

Gorgeous woods and certainly a very unique project : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 1589 days ago

Very nice looking.

-- Bud, Central Square, NY,

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#13 posted 1579 days ago

Obscenely nice !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#14 posted 1429 days ago


-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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