|An old family relic given a new shot at life.|
|A place for everything.|
My father built this tray by hand over 40 years ago. The shop needed trays that could safely move around precision parts and tools and as it turns out wood is pretty good at protecting milled metals without scratching them. My mother saved the tray on one of their last trips out and gave it to me since I'm the kind of person that attaches memories to objects.
After securing permission, I started to make the modifications required to give this old shop tray a new life. I drilled out some holes to hold my bobbins, scissors, and tools. Then I not so carefully cut and glued in some wooden dowels to keep my spools of thread in place. Finally, I drilled through a spare vise base I had in a drawer and screwed it down to the old wood frame. A couple of felt slider feet on the bottom keep it surface friendly and ready to work.
It was a nice project for a cold Sunday morning. So far it's performing splendidly as a portable unit. Only time will tell if it ends up being an heirloom within my own my family. I hope that when my kids hear the stories it will become valued as part of my own legacy. Until then you'll see it on these pages and at fishing expos. I can still smell the machine shop in the wood. Forever reminding me to keep those childhood memories close to my heart.