A copper tray is another of the easy things upon which beginners usually try their skill. The piece of metal, instead of being placed in the concave ends of the block, is hammered with the wooden mallet on a flat surface. The edge of the tray has the same treatment as the shallow bowl. The edge is turned over the angle of the block, and hammered with the mallet until it is ready for the handles. These are made from a strip of copper, which is rounded by hammering on the edge of the block in the same way that the rim of the tray was rounded. The ends are flattened by hammering with the steel hammer. The work is made easier by slightly heating, when the round effect of the handles can be obtained by deftly hammering. The edges must be neatly filed and again hammered, so that the join hardly shows. Rivet holes are then drilled in the ends of the handles, and corresponding ones in the tray. They should be made a little larger than the rivets.
The process of punching will raise a slight rim round the holes, which must be first filed and then beaten flat with the hammer upon the metal block. If the hole is too small for the rivet, it can be enlarged by the reverse end of the file. It is important to see that the rivets fit snugly in the holes, as a loose rivet is not workmanlike. When the rivet is placed in the hole, some strong taps of the hammer will make it taut.