About a month ago I procured one of the neato Stew-Mac parts trays. They have both a large and small version, shaped like a Tele or a Strat. I got the large Tele one because a) I have finally realized I needed a tray to put small parts and b) I wanted to try a gloss Tru-Oil finish and this seemed like the ideal medium.
The Tru-Oil (basically varnish) really enhanced the grain. The trays are made out of ash, so enhancing the grain is a good thing in this case.
I'm already thinking I should have put a piece of felt in the storage part...maybe I'll do that on a second one.
After I put the oil on and let it sit, I did the usual sanding and polishing.
I was wary of starting with too coarse a grit, so I started with 1000 and went up to 8000. The finish is super smooth now.
You can see the gloss better in this shot. It is reflective.
This gives you an idea of the size - this is the large size and I suspect the small version is a little too small for my use.