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
its in the open position. Finally, when you're ready to store the ladder,
just flip the tray on top.