Last Second Christmas Project - Wooden Soap Dishes

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 12-23-2014 04:48 PM 1972 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made 10 wooden soap dishes for a relative. I used cedar from a scrap 4×4 post. These are easy to make as Christmas gifts or to sell at craft shows or on Etsy. I’ve seen people sell tons of these on Etsy for 4 or 5 bucks a piece.

I would not recommend using cedar as it’s very brittle and very soft, which makes it almost impossible to make these without blemishes. I used poplar a couple of years ago and those have held up just fine.

You have to cut the grooves so that they overlap and give airflow to the bottom of the soap as it sits on the dish so that it can dry. This is especially important for any handmade soap and will make it last longer.

Watch the video here:

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#1 posted 12-23-2014 11:19 PM

Great idea and great video. I bet teak or cypress would hold up well in a bathroom or kitchen environment. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 12-24-2014 12:19 AM

Thanks! I actually looked into getting teak for these, but it was way too expensive. I would’ve had to order online also. Cypress is a good idea. Thanks for watching!

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#3 posted 12-24-2014 01:13 AM

Great video—thanks for making and sharing!

You could also use African mahogany (Khaya), which is about $6-$7/bf for 6/4, and one sale would pay for a whole board foot!

-- Dean

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#4 posted 12-24-2014 02:04 AM

If I ever decide to make some to sell I will definitely make a trip to the hardwood dealer for something nice. These would make a great craft fair kind of item. Thanks for the input!

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#5 posted 12-24-2014 02:23 PM

Very nifty idea.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 12-24-2014 06:15 PM

neat little project, great use of scrap, and cool video. Nicely done man.

-- Steve

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#7 posted 12-24-2014 09:01 PM

Thanks, Steve! I appreciate you taking the time to watch.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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