My First Display Tray

Display Tray - 1The LGS has trays to use to put your army on and carry around. The problem is the trays tend to be too small for my Orks. So, I finally got around to making my own display tray. I wanted to make something generic so I could use it for either my Orks, Marines or Necrons. As much as I enjoy woodworking, making three separate trays just didn’t make sense to me.

Display Tray - 2With that in mind I set about making something that I thought looked like the deck of a ship. I could have added more details but the problem was thinking of generic detailing. In the end I just went for simple. The grooves and rivet holes are actually just that, grooves and holes. I wanted some texture, not just painted on details. I’m thinking of marking tournament accomplishments on the tray but haven’t decided 100%.

  • I like it mate, looks good and is functional…make me one

    • Thanks.

      If I had a better setup in my shop, it’s damn small, I’d be all about making trays to sell. Of course the shipping to England would probably cost just as much as the materials.

      • *cough* Scotland =P

        • That’s what I said. You just have to mentally replace the Eng with Scot there you have it.

  • Ok, Thor- I’ll plead ignorance. What purpose does this tray serve? Don’t the dudes fall off? What’s wrong with foam?

    (maybe a clue here…) Are you laving them at the FLGS? are these intended to be a way to store them without a lotta hassle?

    Are they magnetized on the bottom?

    How did you make yours?


    Sorry, I ask a lot of questions. It’s just my general nature.

    • It’s so when you pull your models from the foam they have somewhere to sit. You place them on the tray to organize them and then you can walk your tray with your army from table to table. Makes life easier when deploying and when you’re taking losses, you just put them back on the tray.

      No magnetization going on, just a board.

      It’s made out of MDF (the base), and pine (the side rails). I just sprayed it with a metallic paint and then did some highlighting, sealed it and tossed on the handles.

  • Mark

    What are the width and length dimensions?

    • It’s 24″ wide and around 22″ deep.

      • Mark


        • No problem.

          My tray is on the big side but where I play we use 8′ tables so that gives me 2′ for my tray. It’s pretty deep as well because normally it lets me hold all my models and books, dice, etc.

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