Wallet and Key Tray

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Project by UncleBendy posted 11-25-2007 04:13 AM 3883 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Even in a small dorm room, I tend to lose everything that is important. For some time I have wanted a tray I could put my wallet, keys, cell phone, etc. in.
I used some left over walnut, and combined it with some cherry a friend of mine had left over from a previous project. The finish is 5 coats of tung oil. Please, give me your criticism and suggestions.



-- Austin, raised in Murfreesboro, TN. College student in Siloam Springs, AR.

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#1 posted 11-25-2007 04:19 AM

youve done a very nice job austin ! looks great

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#2 posted 11-25-2007 04:27 AM

Does that really say uncle Bendy? I knew I should get going on my Key Tray for a mans dresser. Damn, you beat me to it. Congrats…Looks great. Watch out this only inspires me to get to work.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#3 posted 11-25-2007 05:09 AM

Nice design and craftsmanship!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 11-25-2007 05:26 AM

Interesting corner joints and the mixture of cherry and walnut is beautiful. Nice project.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#5 posted 11-25-2007 05:27 AM

Looks great,The wood really comes together.The finish looks well done.Tung oil has that beautiful look and great smell.

-- Rick,Neoga,IL.

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#6 posted 11-25-2007 05:29 AM

I think what’s great about this is that you took a common tray and created an elegant and fetching design. And that is out of left over wood no less!

Nice work!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 11-25-2007 05:37 AM

Been wanting to build one of these for quite awhile now. keep putting it on the back burner though. This one looks great.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#8 posted 11-25-2007 06:44 AM

Very attractive. And handy too. Don’t you love how the wood pops when you put the finish on? I like how you showed a picture of the half-finished project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 11-25-2007 07:56 AM

Really nice design!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 11-25-2007 08:05 AM

thank you all. There are some other construction pictures I wanted to post. Sadly, LJ limits the photo sizes.

-- Austin, raised in Murfreesboro, TN. College student in Siloam Springs, AR.

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#11 posted 11-25-2007 09:36 AM

I have no criticism and suggestions – I can only offer congratulations, your project looks spectacular.

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

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#12 posted 11-25-2007 01:55 PM


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 11-25-2007 05:29 PM

Great project idea, and nicely done. The woods you chose work well together. Assuming you used pure tung oil, you may want to consider putting a more durable topcoat like polyurethane on the top. I imagine the surface will get pretty banged up from tossing keys and such on there. Just my 2 cents worth. Again, nice looking project.

-- John

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#14 posted 11-25-2007 06:32 PM

i love that shine…after the tung oil do you need to put something on top to keep that shine…or are we seeing the pproject still wet? i love the design—-we can all use this item!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 11-26-2007 01:05 AM

Great work. I don’t see any need for improvement.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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