Tic Tac Toe Toliet Paper Holder

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Project by CaptainKlutz posted 01-20-2019 01:44 AM 3647 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Posting this crap work for others to share. :-)

Saw this project post last year, thought it was cute idea; then made the classic mistake to share with SWMBO. Project was added to the commandments or my work project list.

After finishing up SWMBO’s Christmas present (Stocking Holder), was rewarded Christmas day with a formal review of my project list and status of priority projects.
This toilet paper holder floated to surface. :-)

Super simple project with half lap joints. One unit is made from Anigre and other from American Black Cherry. Depth is 4.5” as max cut depth on 8” dado stack was 2.25”. The openings are 5” square.

The WWW has several how-to posts on this project and different opening sizes are used. Having OCD and being an engineer; made a couple trips to store and actually measured toilet paper rolls. What I learned was: Median diameter is ~4.65, while monster expensive plush rolls are ~5.0 in diameter. Every brand I checked except one was less than 4.5 in wide. Hence, using 5×5x4.5 boxes seemed about right to me.

The Anigre was rift sawn and some faint ribbon figure, in an otherwise ugly yellow/cream colored wood. Person that gave the wood to me, called it white sapele; as I was buying a bunch of sapele. Took some work to figure out it, but learned that in Africa Anigre is just about as useful for stained projects as popular is here in USA.

Wife initially wanted to have Anigre wood dyed to match a Claude Monet print in one bathroom, instead of white wood. After making a bunch of color samples from dyes, shellacs, poly, and danish oil:

She chose dark brown as seen in 1st picture above. :-0)
Decided to dye the X’s with red Transtint for contrast. Both pieces have 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal semi-gloss as top coat.

The second unit I made from cherry as same finish schedule used on Christmas stocking holder, and is detailed in that project post.

Making the second one was actually harder than 1st. The lap joints are ugly and have gaps. Had issues with Rocker flip stop; really stupid design of the stop introduces play every time you flip it up. Will be posting a 0 star review on that piece of junk soon.

Hope you like.
Flush it if you don’t :-)

Thanks for reading this punny post.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#1 posted 01-20-2019 02:49 AM

Well, that’s just brilliant.

-- Scott, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 01-20-2019 03:00 AM

Very cool!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 01-20-2019 03:25 PM

Hope my ‘She Who Must Be Obeyed’ doesn’t see this.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#4 posted 01-20-2019 06:40 PM

Tthis is so funny and clever I laughed out loud! Great job.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#5 posted 01-21-2019 01:21 AM

Very cool, Captain.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 01-21-2019 03:45 AM

Those look good to me. Neat idea and a new game to play now.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#7 posted 01-21-2019 01:50 PM

Hahaha…so funny and original way to keep and store those roles.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 01-21-2019 02:33 PM

This is awesome, I love it. What a kewl idea. Gratz on T3

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 01-21-2019 06:54 PM

Hello Captain

A very cool idea but for me .. I’m alone in the WC …. Who can play with me lol !!!!!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#10 posted 08-20-2019 01:57 PM

Saved this to my favorites. Now every time I see it this makes me giggle.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 10-22-2021 12:05 PM

so cool..I love it!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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