Simple Soap Dish

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Project by doubleDD posted 02-21-2016 05:18 AM 1214 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For as long as my wife and I have been married, we have had those wooden soap dishes with the grooves in them. She will buy new ones every so often when they start to look dingy, but this time she ask if I could make some that will last longer at looking nice. My reply was it’s a soap dish, we just have to clean then more often. (that didn’t work)

I had recently bought a bunch of ass’t wood dowel rods in different sizes and as I was putting them away the idea came to me to make it like an open grill. This was the result. Well she likes it a lot, but time will tell how long these will last. Still have one more to go.
Made from birch dowel rod and maple. I let them soak over night in water sealer and put a coat of poly on them for added protection. Hope it works.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 02-21-2016 05:24 AM


And when the soap starts falling through the cracks, you know it’s gone! :)

Very nice!

Yep, just soak them in water than tackle them with a brush or something… should get clean… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 02-21-2016 05:39 AM

Great idea Dave and easy replaceable. Should be easy to keep clean.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 02-21-2016 10:16 AM

Neat idea. I’m sure they will do the job.

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

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#4 posted 02-21-2016 01:16 PM

Cool design Dave let us know how it stands up .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 02-21-2016 01:20 PM

That is really cool and good thinking. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 02-21-2016 01:24 PM

I like it Dave

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

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#7 posted 02-21-2016 01:48 PM

Looks like that will work Dave…nice job!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 02-21-2016 02:23 PM

They look really cool and effective.
Great idea.
Thanks for sharing the idea Dave.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 02-21-2016 02:28 PM

Cool project, and another great way to use up small pieces

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#10 posted 02-21-2016 04:50 PM

Great idea ! Like the way u finished it, too!

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#11 posted 02-21-2016 05:56 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I just finish the second one and its soaking in water sealer now. Hopefully they will stay looking clean longer than the old ones. If not I could have some fun making different styles each time.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 02-21-2016 05:59 PM


It’s a challenge. Looks like you’ll get enough air around the bar of soap. Probably create a new shape in the bar? LOL! won’t slip out of your hands?

Thanks for posting.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 02-21-2016 06:13 PM

Dave, what do you think of soaking them in BLO for awhile & then just use them after they cure?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#14 posted 02-21-2016 06:33 PM

Smart solution.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 02-21-2016 06:55 PM

Very nice.I’m sure your wife love it.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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