DIY Leather Wet Mold for Rectangle 7" x 5" inch Leather Valet Tray
This 3-piece DIY kit set is perfect for making beautiful leather valet trays. We use 1" thick marine grade plywood that is heavily lacquered to repel water.
We recommend using 8-14oz veg leather. If you wish to use lighter weight leather you can simply add felt or other material to the back of the leather to help compress the leather fully around the mold.
- Cut leather piece about 1.5" to 2" inches wider than the tray size. So if making a 7"x5" tray, cut a roughly 8.5"-6.5" leather rectangle.
- Soak leather in warm water. About 5-10 minutes or until completely soaked.
Place leather over the inner mold, and then place the outer mold on top of the leather. Push outer mold down with hands or clicker press to compress the leather around the inner mold. Place clamps on edges of outer mold and wood base. Let sit for 24 hours until dry.
- Natural unfinished leathers soak quickly. Bridles and finished leathers may take longer to fully soak.