Toilet Tank Lid

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Project by SawdustTX posted 08-11-2013 11:10 PM 1768 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Funny project…. I never planned to post this until I read @robscastle's mini-toilet project post.

We broke the lid on our tank, and after unsuccessfully searching for a replacement, decided to try making one.

Started with a few feet of well dried treated pine 2×6 I had sitting around.
Edge glued with biscuits and waterproof glue to get the width I needed, then jointed and planed the blank to the needed thickness.
I shaped it on the bandsaw using a lid from another matching toilet as my model. Used a 3/4 roundover bit along the top edges, then lots of sanding to get to final shape.
Routed the groove on the bottom to fit over the tank rim, and the rear air “vent”. It’s rough because I did it freehand. I know, should have made a template, but it works and it doesn’t show.
Finished with many many coats of sealer, white, and clear coats of Spar Urethane. I lost count, but I think it has over 10 coats total, each dried thoroughly and sanded in between. It took over two weeks for the finishes.

Turned out to be a fun little project, that I enjoy every day. :) Every time I check, the inside of the lid is coated with moisture. Not sure how long it will last, but for now the finish is holding up.

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#1 posted 08-12-2013 03:02 AM

Welcome to the Birch John society.

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#2 posted 08-12-2013 03:24 AM

It works doesn’t it. I grew up having a wooded lid on our basement toilet. My dad made it.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#3 posted 08-12-2013 05:19 AM

Looks good. It’s practical. So, what more can you ask? Looking back, most of my projects fit into this class, but they all get the job done. Sometimes that’s what life is all about.

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#4 posted 08-12-2013 07:24 AM

Great way to use your brain in coming up with that

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#5 posted 08-12-2013 10:58 AM

That is awesome! Great job!

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#6 posted 08-12-2013 12:48 PM

Looks much better than the porcelain.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 08-12-2013 01:41 PM

Great job but I would have left it natural. You could use fiberglass resin on the inside and that would make it last a very long time! I also grew up with a wooden lid on our basement toilet that my dad made and it lasted a long time!

-- Dennis, WV

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#8 posted 08-12-2013 03:45 PM

Wooden tank lids were actually a popular option on toilets in new construction homes back in the 1980s. My aunt and uncle built an addition to their house in Oregon in the early 80s, maybe 81 or 82 I guess, and the new bathroom got a wooden tank lid, as did the pre-existing toilets…

My aunt sold that house in about 2003 I guess it was after my uncle passed on. The toilets had not bee changed and the lids were just fine.

As long as you sealed it up well, it should be fine.

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#9 posted 08-14-2013 04:19 PM

Great solution and the wood looks way better than the old one with those grains and knots. Well done!

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