Sharpening is a necessary evil in my shop. With all my gear always tucked away, it makes it hard to sharpen when I should. A tray is a great way to keep everything out so I can sharpen quickly and get back to work.
Simple layout, mitered corners for speed since I didn't want to spend the time and frustration on doing dovetails with a stopped groove.
Roughed out the handles. I wanted the front and back to have a low profile so it wouldn't interfere with sharpening. I made sure that when I ripped the two piece to thickness that I made a stopped cut in the handle pieces so they would line up nicely in the miters. After this point I just needed to clean up with some rasps and chisels.
Good comparison of a rasped and card scraped surface will look like. On a side note, the scraper I got from Bearkat wood is the best I've ever used, hands down.
I put a chamfer on the edges to help with chipping, and did a quick coat of canned shellac down. I need to put a few more coats on to help with water resistance.
Loaded up and ready to go. All I need is a rag, small spray bottle, and registration board for my eclipse guide. I forgot to mention I got the idea from Chris Schwarz during his Christmas blogpost over at LostArtPress