Leather tray - some observations from a beginner
I’ve also started working on leathercraft recently. This post is mostly a small blurb on observations I noted whilst crafting a small leather valet tray.
This was pretty easy and neat to build, even for a relative beginner. The design is similar as to here, but with the addition that I glued some suede leather on the inner side. Makes for a nicer softer texture on the inside.
A few observations:
- Gluing must be done carefully. I was a bit careless, and as a result had to mend some glue seams (which wasn’t still perfect even after mending). Next time, I’ll ensure the space is fully covered, as to avoid gaps which resulted here
- Be careful taking measurements. I did misalign some of them, and as a result, few corners aren’t quite as lined up as I’d like - even relatively small measurement errors can have drastic effect on appearance
- Edge painting, whilst nice, is very much beholden to above. Be careful on paint splatters as well - they don’t easily come off from leather!
A good practical exercise regardless - I now know what to do better next time. And it is sufficiently good that I can use it for its intended purpose at home - storing small items like wrapped candy or coins.