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Tool Tray

Sometimes I spend more time climbing up and down a ladder getting tools than I do working on the job itself. So to keep my tools within easy reach, I attached a plywood tray to the top of the ladder, as you can see in the photo.

Several holes are drilled in the tray to accept the tools I use most often. And to keep loose items from rolling off the tray, I created a lip by adding wide edging to three of the edges, as shown in the drawing below.

To attach the tray to the ladder, there's a pair of hinges. And a wood turnbutton attached to the ladder supports the tray when it’s in the open position. Finally, when you're ready to store the ladder, just flip the tray on top.

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