On my soap box

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Project by hobobanned posted 08-09-2017 08:36 PM 1504 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

So this is a small project that accompanied and was in response to a much larger project. I have been dying to make an outdoor shower for a while now and finally got around to it this summer. The walls are all just cedar pickets from Home Depot and I used the same to trim over the pressure treated posts that are set into concrete and crushed stone. Nothing fancy in the woodwork, just utilitarian screw construction. What did take some figuring was how to span the entry way. The pressure treated posts had warped in by the time I got around to installing the doors, for which I had some perfectly fitting arched shutters. I needed to be able to spread the posts at the top so that the structure would remain square. I used some much nicer cedar I had to glue up a segmented arch with extended ends that tie into the pressure treated posts. All the plumbing fixtures are salvaged bits of old nickle plated brass pipe and valves I dissembled, cleaned, reground and tuned with new washers and packing. I ran hot and cold lines up from my basement, and fit it all with a huge rain shower head and viola! We had an outdoor shower. Now all was going well until the bar soap I use began melting in the hot sun of the day. When I got home from work in the evening, the soap was a slimy mess. I set to work on a single serving soap box. I needed it to drain off excess water from the bar, so I glued up a base from small pieces of scrap teak and filed down all the edges so as to encourage the water to flow down. The sides are mitered teak with wenge dovetail splines and the top fits on top with a slip cuff. Just gave it a couple coats of linseed oil and waxed the inside a bit. I’m not particularly worried about it getting a little gray overtime, I mean come on its a soap box for an outdoor shower.

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#1 posted 08-09-2017 09:38 PM

This is over engineered from top to bottom, I mean I was just going to look at a cool box! So it looks like from the pictures you made a outdoor shower to go with your soap box. haha. From the arch to the cedar covering the pressure treated boards, shutters for doors, I was impressed with everything with this build. Great Job!

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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