|Project by jumbojack||posted 03-14-2014 01:57 AM||1031 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
My daughter (42) who lives in MN gave my son (19) a razor, brush and soap for Christmas this year. They all kicked around the bath for these last few months. I had seen some razor stands here and elsewhere and thought, heck I could do that.
The base is Vera Wood (Bulnesia arborea) from Woodcraft a gift to me last year from my lovely wife. I used a pattern I had from making candy dispensers to shape the depression for the shaving soap. It was designed to fit the cap of a mason jar and was a perfect fit. The edges got a Roman Ogee profile. This was when I discovered the beautiful odor from the milled wood. Not only does it smell good and mill to a nearly finished feel, it is very beautiful. Orange, green and black are the major colors but there are hundreds of hues that all blend.
I had a piece of 8/4 cast off Alder in the scrap pile and I squared up a ten inch piece and took it to the lathe. I dont do much turning, but had a ball doing this. I kind of followed the profile on the razor handle for the profile of the mast if you will. I maybe could have sanded this a little better but you have to look hard to see the ‘bad’ part.
The holder is from Chechen (Metopium brownei) another gift two years ago from my son. I measured the brush at its narrowest and the razor the same. I made up a template to see if it would work and after a few tweeks drilled the holes. Then took it to the little 10 inch bandsaw to cut out the rest of the shape.
The very top is a poplar dowel with a 1/4” birch dowel in the middle. I chucked the little dowel cut about 4” long into the drill press to round it over. I drilled into the ‘mast’ about two inches and glued and clamped the tip/top in to make the whole thing one.
The whole thing got a little tung oil and after several days several coats of lacquer.
It is a surprise for the boy, he will probably see it tonight when he gets home.
Thanks for looking
-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith