Sunday, November 6, 2016

DIY Wooden Soap Dish

30 Days of DIY Projects 2 Make Us Thankful

Project 6

This is the sixth post of our series of projects to make us thankful for DIY.  Be sure to check back everyday during the month of November for new simple and easy DIY projects.

It's our way of saying Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at
Simply Easy DIY!

In our home we have two bathrooms. Both rooms have had  pump soap dispensers. With four kids those dispensers always got quite the workout.

In a week those dispensers are out of soap. One time the kids invented a game called "magic potion" where the main ingredient was hand soap. In a single day, the hand soap was gone.

Who can afford that?

Not us.

Using a traditional bar of hand soap has cut down on the silly business in our house. It's also been better for the wallet as an added bonus because we buy soap bulk.

You have to have a place to put that soap bar. We've tried ceramic and plastic versions of a soap tray. Both were nice, until the plastic cracked or the ceramic got dropped and broke.

Sometimes we would have soap trays that only accumulated a soapy mess because the water didn't drain away. Nobody wanted to wash their hands with that.

We need something more durable for a family of six.

Chris over at CMR Woodworks has created home made wooden soap dishes from materials he already had in the shop. He was able to make several and give them as gifts.

Tools & Materials Needed


Random Orbit Sander


Router Table

Cedar Wood

Table Saw

Thickness Planer

Final Thoughts

Chris was able to re-purpose cedar that he already had available in his shop.

Soap and water go together. However, water and wood...not always. So ceddar is a good choice because it's known for it's water resistance.

Plus, depending on how much material you have lying around, you could make several dishes and give them away as gifts.

Don't wait three weeks for one to be delivered from China. Make one yourself, this build goes fast with no joinery or glue up wait times.

I hope you enjoyed today's featured project and don't forget to stop by "CMR Woodworks" YouTube channel to check out even more great videos from Chris.

We hope you will return to Simply Easy DIY everyday through the month of November for more projects that make us thankful 4 DIY.

Until then!