Civilized Sycamore

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Project by 4thumbs posted 10-21-2009 06:01 PM 2280 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Facial tissue is much more expensive than bathroom tissue, so I am sure I am not the only person who chooses to use bathroom tissue for catching nasal mucous; I would rather spend my dollars on lumber than on something that is just going into the trash. Although bathroom tissue is quite satisfactory for nose blowing, THE BOSS tells me that a decorative box of facial tissue is more esthetically pleasing than a roll of toilet paper when sitting on a table in a living room. This project was an attempt to civilize my preference for the less expensive sanitary paper.

Some years ago I was lucky enough to find a small piece of quartersawn sycamore with some spalting on one end of the board, and this seemed like an appropriate use for it. It may not be apparent from the pics that the bottom is grooved and the sides of the box sit in the grooves to strengthen the mitered corners that have very little glue surface. The spindle inside is just a chunk of pvc epoxied into a forstner divot in the bottom. Watco natural for a finish.

Hope you enjoy the wood, even if the idea seems silly.

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#1 posted 10-21-2009 06:11 PM

Beautiful sycamore and nicely made tissue box.
Me too would rather spend more $$$ on beautiful lumber like that than on diner that makes me sleepy.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 10-21-2009 06:14 PM

I don’t know what is better, your project or your explanation of why you built it…
Good job

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#3 posted 10-21-2009 06:16 PM

Beautiful wood and a great idea…

-- David '65

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#4 posted 10-21-2009 06:19 PM

Cool. I agree with everbody. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#5 posted 10-21-2009 06:24 PM

Youi’ve made a great looking box. Most impressive, but…

I can’t help it… If your Kleenex comes on a roll, you too may be a redneck! LOL

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 10-21-2009 06:27 PM

lol. nice!

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#7 posted 10-21-2009 06:59 PM

LOL @ Hal, and/but totally agreeing with everybody else.

Very beautiful piece!

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 10-21-2009 07:02 PM

Great job…nice use of the wood….and great idea…..It is truly rediculous what we get charged for paper in a box…and even for the paper in a roll…nice way to save a few ducats…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#9 posted 10-21-2009 08:00 PM

Not silly at all. This is just the kind of excuse to build something that woodworkers love. Looks great. A nice piece of Sycamore too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 10-21-2009 08:10 PM

Very nice, your wife sounds like mine. Curious to how well the TP spins so you don’t get tear off and have to re-feed it through the slot?

-- Senior Chief

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#11 posted 10-21-2009 08:12 PM

Thats great wood

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#12 posted 10-22-2009 01:13 AM

Thanks for the feedback LJs.
Joe, only issues with tear off have come with a full roll with a partially crushed tube.
Oh, and Hal … a guy from TN should beware of being the pot whose calling the kettle black! LOL

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#13 posted 10-22-2009 01:19 AM

Hey, I resemble that remark…. I’m part of a very small minority, I’m an educated redneck. There’s not very many of us.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#14 posted 10-22-2009 05:27 AM

Nice Ray Fleck. Gorgeous

-- Childress Woodworks

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#15 posted 10-22-2009 08:15 AM

WAY back in the 60’s my grandmother used to crochet covers for rolls of TP. You would cut the core in 2 with heavy scizzors and pull it out. Put the cover on and pull the tissue up from the center. Ladies bought them for on their vanities/make up areas.

This is a great way to utilize the roll without the troubl of pulling the center. “Neccesity is the mother of invention”Thanks for the idea.

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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