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Shop Notes #20: Odd Custom Projects

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Blog entry by Steve posted 05-03-2018 03:25 PM 380 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I generally see a trickle of custom requests in my shop, so it’s unusual to have two under way at the same time.

The first was a soap cutting device for a friend who makes and sells boutique soap. Essentially, it’s cutting wires strung over a frame, then hinged so the entire device can be pulled down through a large cake of soap. Most of the comparables I saw on Etsy were bolted together plywood contraptions. I used some scrap maple for the frame with lap joints and dowels at the corners. The wires are strung around 1/2” dowels to produce bars of soap 1/2” thick.

The client is supposed to provide me with a cake of soap for testing. I’ll let you all know how it goes.

The second project is a bathroom cabinet based on my jewelry cabinets, which are made about 15” wide and 17” tall—a good scale for my shop. This version is 24” high and 19” wide—about as big as I dare to make.

These photos are of a dry fit of the carcass. So far, so good. I’ll be working on the doors next week and hoping they scale up as well as the basic box.

My last spring show is coming up this weekend, so a lot of smaller projects are getting finishing touches, like these two cutting boards. I loved the way these came out.

I also wanted to make some additional wine bottle stoppers before the event (as it is being held at a local winery). I’ll have six to sell; the seventh being more of a hard lesson:

-- ~Steve



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#1 posted 05-04-2018 12:54 AM

That’s a nice collection of projects. I like to use lap joints and the dowels are a great idea. Do you drill the holes undersized for that application?

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#2 posted 05-08-2018 03:20 PM


That s a nice collection of projects. I like to use lap joints and the dowels are a great idea. Do you drill the holes undersized for that application?

Actually, I drilled them to the same size as the dowels. The fit was pretty good.

I’m using 24 gauge stainless steel wires for the cutters, but having a very hard time getting them as taught as I need. The client is supposed to get me a cake of soap this week for testing. I will be curious to see how it all works.

-- ~Steve

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