|Project by Norris||posted 02-10-2015 04:38 AM||798 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
Awhile back, my cousin approached me and asked if I would build her a wooden mold that she could use in her soap-making hobby. “Something simple,” she said, “as long as the corners are square and the dimensions are true.” I told her to give me the dimensions and I’d figure something out. She promptly sent me the internal dimensions she was looking for: 18” long 2.5” wide and 4” deep. Given the limited lumber and tools I have available, I had a feeling that this project wouldn’t be as simple as she wanted.
Knowing that I’d have to work from standard dimensional stock, I headed to my local orange box store to find something cheap and soft. The smart thing to do would have been a few sticks of pine or poplar rough cut and nailed together. Always ready to make things needlessly complicated, I chose a piece of figured maple.
Back in the shop, I marked up the board and cut the pieces to length. I don’t own a tablesaw, so I rough cut the pieces on my bandsaw and worked down to the finished width with my block plane. The frame is fastened together with wood screws and glue. I hand-shaped some scrap walnut from prior projects to plug the holes and to fashion matching handles for the sides and lid. The lid is designed to fit inside the frame and can be used to puddle or level the raw soap slurry.
After all the handwork, some of the joinery is rough, not all of the walnut plugs are square, the masking around the handles didn’t work as well as I would have liked, but the internal dimensions are spot on.
Thanks for looking.
Maple Soap Mold with Walnut accents
Final dimensions: 21” x 4” x 4 3/4”
Finished with 3 coats of satin wipe-on polyurethane, buffed with fine steel wool.