Industrial Design?

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My son’s advertising agency moved to a new building this Spring and I was asked to build some shelving to hold a supply of toilet paper. Probably not a project the art galleries are looking for. It just fits a niche in the WC so I had to make it to exacting specifications.

This was not the kind of project I greatly enjoy, but I never say no to my son’s woodworking requests even though he never gives me a project I like. On the other hand he never says no when I need a helping hand even though that might not be his favorite thing to do. It does make me feel good that I can reciprocate on occasion.

I was pretty happy with the result. The measurements were right on. The only problem was that the buildings owner who took the measurements of the niche only measured at the bottom and we only found out after the shelf was built that the niche was about 1/8” narrower at the top, so that we were actually dealing with a giant wedge shaped space.

My son brought the shelf back (luckily still unpainted) and we were able to get the right dimensions using the planer function of my combi machine. We had to use wedges under the ends with the correct measurement to shave a little off on each side at an angle to get it where we wanted it. It worked out ok in the end.

My son sent me photo of the mounted shelf painted black and filled with toilet paper rolls. Unfortunately I deleted it from my phone so I can’t show you the finished product, but I can tell you that it gave the WC an unmatched authorative look of preparedness.

Question Do you think this one will make the top 3?

Apologies for the bad photo on top. I used my Iphone camera in a vertical position and this website cannot post it properly as it shows up laying on it’s side. Instead, I had to take a screen shot and then select that from my desktop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 10-08-2018 04:12 PM

So Where have you been? Nice TP holder … Ed

-- Ed Port Republic

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#2 posted 10-08-2018 04:53 PM

Looks good Mike ,that will hold a boat load of TP.


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#3 posted 10-08-2018 05:14 PM

Tp always fit’s a niche

something everyone needs

as always mike your work is excellent

good to see you at it again

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 10-08-2018 05:19 PM

Edwin I’ve been mainly sitting in my recliner so long that it’s difficult to see where the chair ends and the body emerges.

Jim Yes, I’m afraid the company might go bankrupt just filling it up. So good to hear from you. How do like your new place, are you still giving woodworking courses?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 10-08-2018 05:28 PM

David Good to see you too! Your still rolling! How’s all the workshop and home improvement projects going? I always think about your roomy shop while I’m squeezing between machines in my own. I even had to cut a 5” lengthwise piece off my workbench to get more room. At least I can breathe in there now.

This was my first adventure with half lap joints, now I’m wondering how to do whole lap joints.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 10-08-2018 05:31 PM

очень хорошо

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#7 posted 10-08-2018 05:50 PM

That should hold enough toilet paper to supply them. At least we know the rack you built won’t be full of s__.
It will outlast the company. I have to laugh when you say the kids projects may not always be the ones you like to build, but you do them anyway. Same here.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 10-08-2018 06:36 PM

Mike, think of it as a wine rack, perhaps for box wines…might make you feel better about it… (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 10-08-2018 06:44 PM

I keep thinking (shudder) that my son will take someone into the bathroom to show them his dad’s woodworking.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 10-08-2018 07:15 PM

The best projects are the ones that are both useful and make someone else happy, good to see you up and about!

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#11 posted 10-08-2018 08:02 PM

Thanks Splintergroup. Personally I prefer projects that make me happy, but your heart is in the right place and mine should be too, but at least my wife has a happy husband rather than on old grump. Of course that is what hobbies are for, but I don’t mind applying my ‘expertise’ to help others out when I can, it’s just more painful these days.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 10-08-2018 08:20 PM

Nice project which I’m sure your son will appreciate very much.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 10-08-2018 08:52 PM

Hi Stefang!

It’s good to see you still here… even if you have to show a Toilet Paper Case! LOL

Did you leave enough space for one to get their fingers around to remove a roll? LOL

Did you notch everything and Half-Lap it all together?

Thanks for dropping in again…

You did a Very Good job…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#14 posted 10-08-2018 09:45 PM

Congrats on the THREE!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#15 posted 10-08-2018 10:32 PM

Nice but it could use a little marquetry …. don’t you think?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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