Mens' soap box

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Project by Tooch posted 11-15-2013 04:11 AM 2202 views 8 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yeah I really didn’t know what to call this, so I went with “soap box” because the lid reminds me of a bar of soap.

the dimensions are actually a bit small on this, the interior is just big enough to fit dollar bills (or twenties/fifties/hundreds, for those of you with real jobs and real salaries).

Main box is made from oak with Walnut splines, the lid is made of maple, walnut, and cherry, and uses an asymmetric design because I wanted to switch things up a bit. the inside bottom uses peel and stick felt, a recent addition to my woodworking arsenal thanks to fellow LJ Blackie.

On a side note- has anyone had success brushing on more than one coat of Lacquer? If so, what type of brush do you use? I used brushing Lacquer for the lid b/c I wanted something clear… the first coat went on smooth but after I brushed the second coat it looked so bad I actually sanded it back down to the bare wood and re-finished it with poly. ARGH!

Anyways thanks for looking. Comments, suggestions, advice welcome!

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

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#1 posted 11-15-2013 04:40 AM

This box is very nice, I really like the simple design!! I am impressed with the finish as well, the whiteness of the maple is awesome, usually mine yellows somewhat. Please please share more on this peel and stick felt.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#2 posted 11-15-2013 05:24 AM

Very cool design ,nice build.

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#3 posted 11-15-2013 07:27 AM

Beautiful work. Brush on Polyurethane seems to go on too thick. For me at least.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-15-2013 10:12 AM

Great design… Nice splines as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-15-2013 10:14 AM

Thanks for the compliments, gentlemen.

sgtq - There have been a few forum topics about the peel and stick felt. Jo-Ann Fabric sells it, as well as other craft stores such as Michael’s and Pat Catan’s (apparently all craft stores are named after people…) It is relatively cheap—less than $1 for a 9×12” sheet and can be cut with a pair of scissors or X-Acto knife. I plop it in the bottom after my last coat of Poly, and is very likeable because it comes in a wide variety of colors.

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

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#6 posted 11-15-2013 10:55 AM

Very nice box, I like the curved lid and rounded corners on the box…great job

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 11-15-2013 11:54 AM

This a “pretty box”. I like boxes of any size so do not think about it being only big enough for money. Nice design.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#8 posted 11-15-2013 12:42 PM

Thanks touch, I wonder if hobby lobby carries it. This is exactly what I am looking for! I appreciate the get back!

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#9 posted 11-15-2013 01:44 PM

Very nice box Tooch and thanks for the tip of the hat, glad to be of help, now just speaking of myself on this, after looking at the box it appears to have 90 degree walls to the bottom apposed to rounded edges, in this case I would have used cereal box cardboard and regular non stick felt,

1. take the cereal box cardboard and cut it to fit the box,
2. cut normal felt of choice large enough to fit and wrap edges around the cereal box cardboard taping with scotch tape on the back side.
3. trim the edges of the cardboard so to allow the thickness of the felt as it’s wrapped around the cardboard to fit snug inside of the box.
4. wrap the cardboard tape and insert.

The only time I use the stick-&-peel is on my rounded edges inside of the drawers mainly where the cardboard won’t work.

Next time I do a box with felt I’ll picture it and do a blog.

For those interested there are several sources to get the peel & stick they range in different sizes as well, a couple below.

PSA Backed Felt Sheets

Jo-Ann’s sells 9” x 12” squares in their store, look for Kunin Group Prestofelt, also online.

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#10 posted 11-15-2013 01:57 PM

I used to use brush on Lacquer and have used brush on poly as Monte said they both go on thick and have a tendency to run thus I switched to wipe on poly and love it, no more runs with the wipe on and it gives me the finish I like, I now make my on mixture using mineral spirits and min wax poly be it satin or gloss depending on the project I’m working on, both are a 50/50 cut and so much cheaper that way.

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#11 posted 11-15-2013 02:34 PM

Very nice box Tooch! I like the top! Clean look all around! Pun intended! :)

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#12 posted 11-15-2013 02:54 PM

Great work with the box. That rounded top really makes it. Your choice of wood fits well together. Very nice indeed.

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

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#13 posted 11-15-2013 02:56 PM

Now, this is a beautiful box; very well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 11-15-2013 07:34 PM

thanks for posting, I like this a-lot. (apparently all craft stores are named after people…) made me spit coffee, lol

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#15 posted 11-16-2013 12:07 AM

Great job and absolutely love the top on this one

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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