Emergency Project! Soap Mold Boxes

Hannah @pleasantviewsoaps  has been using two long soap mold boxes for pouring her soaps. But she realized she would need some shorter molds that would fit in a refrigerator in order to cool down a new kind of soap she is producing during its initial cure process.

So, we dug out some 3/4 red oak and had at it! Four new half-length soap molds in a little over a day...

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Soap Racks

Making a new batch of natural wood soap racks for my daughter over at Pleasant View Soaps...

 

Cutting the wood blanks out of poplar wood:

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Routing the rounded grooves in the tops:

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Using a dado blade on the table saw to mill the grooves on the bottoms:

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Lots of detailed sanding:

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Finishing with a blend of mineral oil and beeswax:

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Shaker Workbench, The Top and Vise, part 2

Turning and flipping the top to get it in position to finish it up (needed some additional muscle):

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Scraping and sanding for smoothness:

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Installing the mounting blocks, to which the top will be secured:

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Building/Assembling/Mounting the vise (Twin Turbo vise by Andy Klein) and apron:

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Top in position, vise installed and operating:

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Done with the top!

Next phase: build and install the framework for the drawers...


Increasing the Shop a Bit

I had to put a pause on the workbench and vise for a little while to clean up and rearrange the shop (and the shed, and the laundry room).  This gave me some more elbow room in the shop. You have to do some reorganizing and purging once in a while... :)

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Shaker Workbench, The Top, Part 1

Well now, making the top for the Shaker workbench is turning out to be a whole 'nother project on its own!

 

Cutting white ash boards, 18 in all, to rough size and milling to final thickness/width...

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Making some heavy duty clamping cauls out of SuperStrut, and some clamping stands out of plywood...

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Laminating 3 "sub-slabs" of 6 boards each: glue, cauls, clamps...

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Running the 3 sub-slabs through the jointer and planer to get them to almost final thickness...

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Doing another glue-caul-clamp process, this time to join the 3 sub-slabs into one monster top piece. The cauls worked wonderfully, necessitating only a little glue scraping at the seams, and the top was flat and smooth. MANY thanks go to my lovely and gracious Glue-Up Helper Squad! :)

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To be continued, after we recuperate and eat some more Wheaties... :)  :)

 


Pegs and Paint

Some last things to do before assembly of the base...

 

Cut the 3/8" drawbore pegs from cherry dowel stock; use a pencil sharpener to chamfer the ends (to make it easier for the pegs to wiggle through the offset holes)...

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Final prep on the panels - sanding the outside faces, using a block plane to make some light chamfers on the edges:

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Applying 3 coats of milk paint on the outside faces of the panels. Apparently this is something that Shaker craftsmen would do on the secondary woods of their benches:

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