2 hour soap mold

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Project by Josh posted 03-04-2014 04:52 AM 2223 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Well, church lady friend strikes again. After making my church lady friend a beetle kill pie box two months ago, she then requested that I make her a box she can use as a soap mold. She makes soap. So, seeing that I work in a woodshop, it sure is nice to be able to clock out after my day is done then go right back to work on my own personal projects. I shoulda started doing this years ago, lol. So, from rummaging for scraps O’ wood in my garage before I went to work till I did the final sanding at my place of employment, this lil ditty took only two hours. My wife said since I am becoming more efficient than I used to be, I should give myself a raise. I fully agreed.

This box isn’t too difficult to understand. I put a rabbet where the lid sits in the frame. I also put a glue line at the bottom of the frame so that after I smoothed up the frame no glue would seep into the cavity inside. I am choosing to leave this box unfinished as her other soap box is unfinished. Plus the soap will kind of act like a sealer anyway. Woods used are maple, walnut and mahogany.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 10:19 AM

This is a beautiful job. I really really like the top and that handle. Nice work!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 01:20 PM

Nice styling! Good choice of woods.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 04:13 PM

Pretty nice for two hours of work. Efficient and stylish.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 03-04-2014 04:27 PM

Maybe a dumb question here, but is there going to be an easy way to get the soap out, or is she going to have to bang it on the counter several times? Did you build it for that?

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#5 posted 03-04-2014 05:20 PM

Nice design

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

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#6 posted 03-05-2014 01:21 AM

Great box, if she lines the box with wax paper she will be able to get the soap out. If not, she will have to scoop it out with a spoon or icecream scoop.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#7 posted 03-05-2014 06:10 PM

Customer said she usually uses a dead blow hammer to retrieve the soap. I looked at her, puzzled. She said it is also useful to act like Norman bates and take kitchen cutlery to the mold and after 40 whacks, maybe soap will fall out. In her desperation, if all else fails, she will mimic Peter Gabriel and resort to a 30 lb. sledgehammer. She chuckled and admitted to using a gallon of sulphuric acid to extract trapped surfactant log once. For this she is scarred for life.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#8 posted 03-13-2014 04:11 PM

Beautifully made. Really like the proportions of your handle design.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#9 posted 03-14-2014 02:10 AM

Thanks, Red!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#10 posted 03-15-2014 02:10 PM

Simple design … Simply beautiful Josh!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#11 posted 03-15-2014 05:43 PM

I would also like to know how the soap is removed from the beautiful box!

Nice proportions, even though they are dictated by the soap size, and I like the woods you used as they are some of my favorites.

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#12 posted 03-18-2014 10:11 PM

Well, Church lady friend said she puts a liner in the box to make it come out more easily. She already had a box that she used and its design was nearly identical so I assume she knows what she’s doing. Thanks for the praises, Elaine and Novice.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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