Shaving Razor/Brush stand

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Project by jumbojack posted 03-14-2014 01:57 AM 1904 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter (42) who lives in MN gave my son (19) a razor, brush and soap for Christmas this year. They all kicked around the bath for these last few months. I had seen some razor stands here and elsewhere and thought, heck I could do that.
The base is Vera Wood (Bulnesia arborea) from Woodcraft a gift to me last year from my lovely wife. I used a pattern I had from making candy dispensers to shape the depression for the shaving soap. It was designed to fit the cap of a mason jar and was a perfect fit. The edges got a Roman Ogee profile. This was when I discovered the beautiful odor from the milled wood. Not only does it smell good and mill to a nearly finished feel, it is very beautiful. Orange, green and black are the major colors but there are hundreds of hues that all blend.
I had a piece of 8/4 cast off Alder in the scrap pile and I squared up a ten inch piece and took it to the lathe. I dont do much turning, but had a ball doing this. I kind of followed the profile on the razor handle for the profile of the mast if you will. I maybe could have sanded this a little better but you have to look hard to see the ‘bad’ part.
The holder is from Chechen (Metopium brownei) another gift two years ago from my son. I measured the brush at its narrowest and the razor the same. I made up a template to see if it would work and after a few tweeks drilled the holes. Then took it to the little 10 inch bandsaw to cut out the rest of the shape.
The very top is a poplar dowel with a 1/4” birch dowel in the middle. I chucked the little dowel cut about 4” long into the drill press to round it over. I drilled into the ‘mast’ about two inches and glued and clamped the tip/top in to make the whole thing one.
The whole thing got a little tung oil and after several days several coats of lacquer.
It is a surprise for the boy, he will probably see it tonight when he gets home.
Thanks for looking

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 03-14-2014 03:10 AM

What a beautiful little work of art. Nicely done, and I really like the detailed description of your process, that is very helpful.

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#2 posted 03-14-2014 03:43 AM

Nice work!

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

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#3 posted 03-14-2014 03:20 PM

Great looking project, Jack!!

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

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#4 posted 03-15-2014 12:22 AM

Looks great. Your holder is very nicely shaped. The triangle should make it easier to get each item out.

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#5 posted 03-15-2014 12:45 AM

I gotta admit, I am always a lil nervous when I see a razor…......for some reason… hehe. Anyhoo, very nice. Very classy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 03-15-2014 11:40 AM

I’m a little late but really good job on a practical piece. I like your reasoning in working out all the pieces.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#7 posted 03-15-2014 01:15 PM

This is a nice practical project and well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 03-15-2014 11:50 PM

Sounds like some unique pieces of wood given as gifts to you, went into this very creative surprise gift for your son. Beautiful job Jumbojack! I bet he was very pleasantly surprised and pleased!!

I’m curious to see a sample of your candy dispenser. Do you have a photo?!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#9 posted 03-16-2014 12:46 AM

Started these and two more on December 22. Sisters-in-law gifts. By the time we realized we had gotten them zilch, we were broke.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#10 posted 03-16-2014 03:12 PM

Very cool looking candy dispensers! Thanks for letting me see them. Unfortunately I would go broke keeping them filled!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#11 posted 03-30-2014 06:51 AM

That’s awesome!! Woodworkers are awesome because we can just hop in the shop and make something beautiful and useful! Great job on it, looks amazing. Plus, I learned about a new wood species with your post… Vera Wood.

Thanks for sharing

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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#12 posted 05-13-2014 01:31 PM

very nice!

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