Custom Built Soap Making Box! "with added Bling!"

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Project by DocSavage45 posted 06-21-2020 08:50 PM 825 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Lumberjocks,

Been quite some time since I posted, but recently in my e-mail I saw a post from Klaus Kiefer! Got excited to see what he was up to.

Klaus is always innovative. Got to remembering The Box Boys! From a while ago who taught me a box is not just the box!

Recently I completed after some time and learning from Murphy my mentor two boxes. One of these boxes was for a client who wanted a soap box. (A box for making soap) and I told her she could buy one on Amazon, very cheap. She replied “I want something to remember you by after you’re gone!” She also gave me parameters including the hinge!

It was a challenge as I tried to figure out how to waterproof a wooden box. Went on LJ’s forum, asking questions. Epoxy was the answer. It’s not simple like on the YouTube videos. There were YouTube videos that showed me disasters that can occur.

Murphy presented me with some challenges and learning experience. LJ’s provided me with guidance and their experience. Since it was winter, I learned that epoxy does not set up at 60°. Built an Easy Bake Oven to provide constant warmer temperature in the 70° range.

Also found out that mixing small amounts of epoxy requires serious accuracy.

In building the Soap Box. I solved several problems, including venting the box. I Added Extra Bling! Because of the request. The client was extremely happy and has reported the box to be functioning very well.

Thanks for looking!

Happy Fathers Day LJ’s

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 06-21-2020 09:02 PM

Nicely done Tom. What method did you use to make the design on the lid? I like the splined corners.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 06-21-2020 09:18 PM

Thanks Lee! Design by Murphy.

Used a mini router to put this tree of life on the box. Down to 1/8th inch. Then at that time put paint in the routed design and sanded. Filled with clear epoxy.

The frame is harvested walnut I milled. Splines too.

Have a great Dad’s Day!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 06-21-2020 11:23 PM

Hey Tom, that’s a super cool box , extra nice work.


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#4 posted 06-22-2020 12:06 AM

Good to see you posing again Tom. Your box looks really nice! Happy Fathers day buddy!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 06-22-2020 12:54 AM


She thought so! LOL! Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 06-22-2020 12:55 AM

Tony thanks for checking it out!

Happy Dad’s day to you!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 06-22-2020 03:04 AM

Nice box, Tom! And now she does have something to remember you by!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 06-22-2020 03:49 AM

Yes she does!! Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 06-22-2020 05:35 AM

Very nice, we can all learn a lot from Kiefer:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#10 posted 06-22-2020 06:49 AM

Yes we can, and I do.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 06-22-2020 06:54 AM

That is a very pretty box, Tom.

The lady who spent the most on anything I’ve ever made – my friend, and the late Bonnie and the late Clyde’s mommy, Joye, (But, I get ahead of myownbadself. Let us start at the beginning.)

Joye and the kids (You met them, and, I miss them, dearly)

came visiting, on the day I was futzing about which finial to put on the Good Egg.

Joye said that the egg-shaped finial was, by far, the better choice. I agreed, and added some glue, and said, “There. It’s done.”

She said, “How much do you want for it?”

I retorted that I hadn’t really thought anyone would want it, but, that it oughtta be worth about $85 -90,000.

She said, “I agree, except that it’s probably worth more on the order of more than a hundred thousand,” but that she didn’t have that much, lying around.

I stared at it, sitting there, on my workbench, with the pooches in my lap, and thought about all the work that had gone into it, and said, “Oh, I think it’s worth, maybe, $750.” (I cannot begin to express, fully, how shyly I spoke those words.)

She says, “Can I leave the dogs here, while I go home and get my checkbook?”

“You’re kidding, right?”

“I NEVER kid about money.”

She went home and got her checkbook, came back, and wrote a check for $800.

I said, “You’re a nut. A very dear, and precious nut.”

Here’s where it all ties into your very excellent bit of writing, Tom:

I begin, by quoting you.

”She replied “I want something to remember you by after you’re gone!”*

Joye said almost the same words.

“When you’re dead, and famously famous, I wanna say, ‘I knew him when…’”

All that, to explain how I replied to that statement.

“Why? What have you heard???”

-- Mark

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#12 posted 06-22-2020 01:07 PM

The box looks really cool Tom. If Murphy was involved in building this box then mayby it’s a box for Murphy’s soap.

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

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#13 posted 06-22-2020 02:05 PM

Inspiring craftsmanship and great decoration. I’d be super-stumped about the water-proofing task, Thanks for sharing.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#14 posted 06-22-2020 02:11 PM

I love the look of this box Tom !
The inlay is a special touch .
Yes Murphy is always present and never be fooled into thinking that he is not and I think all of us had that
experience and I still do !
There is only on answer to the issue ,keep at it and learn from from mistakes .

PS: call a flooring store for HDF sheets .

-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 06-22-2020 08:28 PM


Nice one. Actually going to be Laura’s soap! :))

Thanks for checking it out!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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