Razor Holder

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Project by jamsomito posted 12-26-2017 08:46 PM 1507 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The intent was to make this razor holder straight from Steve Ramsey’s plans here:

Whelp, it wasn’t quite that easy. It started trying to find the right width resaw for bending my zebrawood. Practiced on some scrap pine first.

I was going for about 1/16”. I ended up with 4 good ones right on the mark, but a few of them got away from me a bit and wound up closer to 1/32”. (!) a little too close for comfort for me.

Next was the bending form. I started with something simple like Steve used.

Got all my clamps in order.

Bent away. I covered both mating surfaces in glue. I just used Titebond 2. This wasn’t a rocking chair or some intricate trim work so I didn’t care about a little spring back or creep over time, and it’s what I had on hand.

There was basically one clamp pulling the curve and all the others were supposed to take care of the voids. They didn’t.

But it worked. The curve wasn’t tight enough and there were lots of voids. I cut it out anyway, trying to trace my template onto a section with the least voids and it looked ok, but the curve was definitely not enough for Steve’s design.

So I tried it again, going for a tighter curve. It snapped.

So I made a form out of some scrap plywood. This worked much better, but I was out of my target-size zebrawood resaws. I used the thin ones, but it just didn’t work well. There were lots of voids and the sections that didn’t bond were really brittle so it had flaws all over. I finished this one out anyway but it wasn’t good enough to give as a gift. The curve was a little funky too. I tried re-gluing the voids and establishing the curve again but it didn’t do too much.

I had a friend over at the time and we did a 4th glue-up with some hard maple this time and I’m happy to say his turned out stellar. It was his first ever woodworking project so I’m happy for him it went well.

But I still needed something for a gift! So I improvised. I took the middle of the drawers from a walnut/maple bandsaw box I was making at the time and turned it into a foot for my only acceptable bent lamination with not enough curve. I used my oscillating tool to cut a mortise at a 45 degree angle and glued the razor holder into it. It actually came out pretty nice and I’m happy with it.

Finished with 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal. I actually like this a lot. I like the contrast between the clean walnut and maple in the base and the rough rising part of zebrawood for the holder itself. I like how it’s mortised into the base. It actually came out great!

I had some help from some distinguished lumberjockers in this thread here:

Many thanks to those who helped, and I hope assembling my trials and errors here helps some of you!

As always, comments and critiques welcome.

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#1 posted 12-26-2017 10:09 PM

I really like it and as a safety razor user, I’m inspired to try it myself. Thank you for all your work and the information you’re sharing.

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#2 posted 12-27-2017 01:22 AM

I’d like to build one of these, can you give us a radius to bend these to?

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#3 posted 12-27-2017 02:07 AM

Hmm, that’s a really good question. I’m away right now but I remember cutting my form twice. The first time I did as big as my compass would allow, 6 inches, and it was way too big. I cut it a second time less than that, I think it was around 3 or 4 inches or so. I can check for you in a week when I’m back…

I think you should get your razor and try it with something flexible or draw a few curves out on paper to get something you know will work. We got lucky on my friends that it all worked in the end but mine tipped backwards with a bigger curve. The fork on the end was also too small to fit my razor so I had to widen that a bit. Not much better than actual fitments over guessing a dimension.

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#4 posted 12-27-2017 02:27 AM

I should add, by bending the way Steve does in his video, it’s more of a hyperbola than a true circular arc. While I had better results with the form, I actually like the way Steve’s looks better, and I think it helps keep the fork closer to the base which makes it more stable.

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