Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure: Items to Build for Fundraiser #5: Soap dishes... do I hear soap dishes?!

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Blog entry by Jonathan posted 06-26-2010 04:06 AM 1449 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Next item to make: Several sets of coasters, maybe? Part 5 of Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure: Items to Build for Fundraiser series Part 6: Soap Dish Update »

The next items I will begin building for the fundraising auction will be soap dishes.

Jordan and his wife have generously donated some of the their soaps for the cause. Thanks Jordan!

So, I will be pairing up some of the soap with its own soap dish. Some of the other soaps will be sold as standalone items, with those proceeds adding to the bottom line of the fundraiser.

During a visit to the lumber supply store a while back, I found some red oak trim in the scrap bin. Not knowing what in the world I was going to do with it at the time, I gladly scooped it up. I thought maybe I could build a little box, or maybe just use them for testing out different finishes.

Now I know they are destined to be soap dishes. I’m simply going to glue on some strips of the pink lyptus on the ends to stay with the theme I’ve established… Pink at Heart.

I currently only have 3-pieces of trim that are suitable for these soap dishes. They have a different pattern on each side. Here’s a picture showing both sides:

soap dish trim pieces

So, to beef up the stock, I’m going to cut various species into little blocks, then simply add dado grooves down the center, following the grain orientation.

I might also experiment with cutting fairly thin strips of hard maple and walnut, or pink lyptus, as they’re differing thickness. Then if I glue up the thin strips, the grooves will come with the glue-up. The hard maple is 5/4 and the walnut and lyptus are 4/4. That might work nicely and lend some nice interesting contrast to the dishes.

Maybe I’ll make a few of both kinds? The first would obviously be faster and easier, but the second one might be more visually appealing.

What do you think?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#1 posted 06-26-2010 12:49 PM

That’s great! So clever to use that as a base for them.

I think the simple ones will be quite appealing all on their own. We tend to forget that the rest of the world is impressed by things far easier than us artists are.. :D

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 06-26-2010 01:12 PM

Great idea Jonathan. Good luck with the fundraiser.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-26-2010 05:49 PM

Thanks for the encouragement Lis and Mike. I hope we have a large turnout and that the event is successful. I have a lot to do between now and then! My wife said to only make a few things, but I’d feel bad if I didn’t push myself to really contribute on this one, you know what I mean?

We will just have to figure out the format of everything, as far as the best way to generate funds. I don’t think just having a raffle is the best way to do it, but I also don’t think that strictly going the silent auction route is the best either. We’ll have to see what we end up with as far as donation items from businesses and then go from there.

Lis, you’re probably right about most people not looking at things the way we do. I feel that I have always had an appreciation of art, and the last couple of months have opened my eyes even more when it comes to pretty much anything that is either made from wood, or contains wood as one of its primary elements.

I’ll make sure to post back as soon as there is some more progress on the soap dishes.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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