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  1. bluto

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    Got any

    I haven’t picked up a nice tray yet , but it’s on my list . So far I’m using sheet paper or work on my bamboo bench top so I can handle the few crumbs left over after I prepare the Smokey comestibles . But really I need a proper tray , right

    Where is there a good tray to be had ..

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    Posted 9 months ago #
  2. npod

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    I have lots of trays. My favorite is the one seen in most of my posts, the Pipe Caddy made specifically for pipe tobacco (but no longer in production or available). I also LOVE the Neerup leather tobacco mat (I have 3 of them) and for the $12, they are a great value! Paper plates and coffee filters also work great. The rubber mat on the left is from the Container store, I use that as a general spill mat and also to dry tobacco. The rubber is good because you can sterilize it after use.

    Trays are certainly better for general use because you can put your pipe, lighter, tamper, pipe cleaner all on one tray and boom, you are set.

    Neerup Tobacco Mat https://www.smokingpipes.com/accessories/pipe%20accessories/moreinfo.cfm?product_id=274525

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    Posted 9 months ago #
  3. bluto

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    Those look like great options , I never thought of leather , my dad had some leftover cowhide and horse too I think from his leather working hobby , maybe I can cut a piece .

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    I also use these black trays from the Dollar Store for drying my pipes after smoking.

    This is a leather roll up mat that is meant to be for shoe polishing, but I use it to set pipes on so they don't get scratched.

    And this glass plate was also from the Dollar Store. It was my first tray for rubbing out flakes. Still gets used.

    Posted 9 months ago #
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    Dollar store

    https://imgur.com/a/1EIrCbG

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    @weedsnager, great call on the Dollar Store metal trays. I forgot about those. I have one also and I use it in my travel pipe bag. I also like these trays because you can put a magnetic Claudio Albieri leather pipe holder on them for a pipe rest.

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    I went to Bed Bath & Beyond and bought a small, maybe 6”x10” plastic cutting board that I use for chopping up or rubbing out tobacco.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    I also use a plastic cutting board for cutting plugs and Sorringowl leather mats for rubbing out, packing, they roll up so it's easy to return leftovers to the tin or jar.

    Posted 9 months ago #
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    Npod's wood pipe caddy is awesome. I have a bunch of nice old-growth redwood slabs in my shop and would consider making a few if some folks here might be interested in purchasing them. Maybe I'll start by making a prototype for myself and posting up pictures to gauge interest.

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    I would go with the Neerup. I like the leather for folding and dumping the leftover tobacco back into the jar.

    I bought an Agape. It is smaller and I paid WAY too much for it. I love it but I could have bought 5 Neerup's.

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    After being extremely pleased with my leather pipe roll, I'm planning on ordering one of these from Northwest Gentlemen.

    And the corners can be unsnapped to lay flat or roll up.

    Edit to add:

    Npod's wood pipe caddy is awesome. I have a bunch of nice old-growth redwood slabs in my shop and would consider making a few if some folks here might be interested in purchasing them. Maybe I'll start by making a prototype for myself and posting up pictures to gauge interest.
    I'm looking forward to seeing that.

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  12. npod

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    Maybe I'll start by making a prototype for myself and posting up pictures to gauge interest.

    PLEASE DO! Someone needs to market these. I guarantee they would sell.

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    But really I need a proper tray , right

    Not really. I just fill my pipes from a jar, tin or pouch. I've got a couple of leather mats and little wood tray a guy turned. Most of the time they get used as a coaster. I also have two Dunhill presentation rolls that they used for the white glove sales presentation. I think they can be seen somewhere in the show me your Dunhill thread.

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    Damnit Dave! That Castello leather tray is fantastic. Now I have tray acquisition disorder.

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    Pad , tad and now trad

    Hooo kayyyy...

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    And I thought there wasn't a single accessory I still needed, silly me. How have I lived without a tray? I'm always wrangling tidbits of tobacco off my lap into the waste basket, or off my desk into my hand. I keep enthusiastically telling people they'll learn a lot on Forums. See what I mean?

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    I use a pie pan at home and a paper plate at the office. It ain't just a thin, flimsy thing either. This things got some back to it. Works great. Just sprinkle out a little tobacco on it, let her dry and fill my pipe. For when my sprinkling is a a little, I usually fill my MM Tom Sawyer with the rest, then use a piece of paper I've folded up to make a funnel.

    I've thought about the tray idea a few times, but I think the pie pan and paper plate do a good job. Maybe the leather sheets would be nice, something I could roll up and store when not smoking.

    "If you can't send money, send tobacco." - George Washington

    Posted 9 months ago #
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    I use a 10” terra cotta saucer like what you place under a houseplant. It’s very absorbent and is great for drying tobacco and then gathering it up against the edge for packing.

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    I like the snap corner leather tray like the one Anthony showed above. I have one similar. That one looks really nice. I may have to look into NW Gentlemen as well. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted 8 months ago #
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    Thanks... I have now discovered Northwest Gentleman lol. I didn't know I needed the several things they have that I need

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    I use a old Zig Zag rolling tray that i used alot in my teen years and into my 20's.

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    I have access to a CNC router and could put that pipe caddy tray back into production in a weekend. Who made them originally and how much did they sell for? I wouldn't want to just knock it off without getting permission from the designer.

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    I have one of those Neerup leather mats and it works very nicely.

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    Posted 8 months ago #
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    I used my finger to tamp for the last years. Didn't have to keep up with it, find it and use it. I saw trays but never got one as a book was just as good and they seemed more encumbrance than help, more an embellishment of pipe culture than a mainstay.

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  25. jrenko

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    I found a small round metal plate that i use. It was free and it works fine for drying tobacco and carry my pipe.

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    I have a locally-made wooden tray of about 12 inches in length and maybe 8 or 9 inches in width. It holds matches, an ash tray, a Czech tool, a leather band style pipe rest, and a coaster for a drink. I store it in a drawer in an end table next to my couch.

    It's nice to be able to get the tray out and have everything I need at hand, and to pick up the tray and put it away all at once for super-easy cleanup.

    they seemed more encumbrance than help, more an embellishment of pipe culture than a mainstay.

    Quite the opposite for me. I find my tray imminently practical. I started looking for a pipe tray for the purpose of solving the problem of ever-present mess of pipes, tobacco, matches, pipe tools, and other such items on my coffee table. Now, it's confined to the tray, which I can easily pick up and move to its drawer for storage until the next smoke.

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  27. ccdeere

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    Paper or a tin lid works fine...but I like a mat of leather of late. Have one that has 4 corners that latch together to keep the tobacco from spilling out too much. Works nice and looks great!

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    Posted 8 months ago #
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    I just use paper towels. They speed drying, are cheap, and disposable.

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    It's nice to be able to get the tray out and have everything I need at hand, and to pick up the tray and put it away all at once for super-easy cleanup.

    Bingo! That is the main use of a tray. Many of the posts above talk about drying tobacco, but that is secondary use.

    Posted 8 months ago #
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    And here I was, thinking, "I've solved this problem long ago with a 8x10 sheet of paper."

    I am glad we have a good admin and responsible moderators.

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    I guess papers an ashtrays can both serve the same purpose (despite other utilities), but I like the appeal and beauty of ashtrays. If they're not expensive of course.

    Planning on buying a big one (for little money)! Only have a cigarette ashtray for now (which holds my pipe well).

    Posted 8 months ago #
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    Not wanting to accumulate too much "stuff," I like the sheet of paper approach, or as an alternative, a drawing/lap board that can be cleared by hand or with a ruler or piece of cardboard. Right now, I use a bowl that is big enough for a tin of tobacco, that I work over to catch the dropped leaf. An old game board that folds in the middle might do, a checker board or Candyland for that matter. I like avoiding extra purchases, not for the expense but for the clutter. Then there's the good old food tray with edges to catch the leaf. If you use something re-purposed, it might be good to make a label, "Pipe Tray" or something, so it wouldn't get sent off to Goodwill by a family member.

    Posted 8 months ago #

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