So, one day, I go to Tim and I say “I have a problem. Maybe you can help me fix it. It’s getting to the point with all this soap I’m making that I need something to store it in, as it’s already outgrown the card catalog. And it would be fabulous if it wasn’t what Alton Brown calls a uni-tasker; if what I store the soaps in could also be used as displays when/if I get into a craft show.” And I added that I kind of had an idea that it would be stackable, like this old Coca-Cola crate that I have some things stored in as a wall hanging. Only not can-sized. Soap-sized.
Behold what he designed and built —
Seven units in which the soap can be stood up on end, allowing for lots of soap. Also three units that are shorter, and have a glass cover, that can be used to show off unwrapped bars of soap so that people can see what designs I have to offer. You can’t tell from these pictures but the sides are actually taller than the inside, and each one fits nicely in and on top of the other so that they will stack neatly on top of each other (once the wood glue dries – clearly I was anxious to show these off!).
Behold the stackatude! The handles on the three on the top don’t go all the way through as they are shorter; the “floor” of the box is almost even with the handle, so he made those grooved/inset rather than all the way open. He’s also going to cut a groove in that lid so that it fits down inside the top box, to keep it dust- (and cat-) free.
See how pretty that looks? I’m SO! EXCITED!!! We still need to either stain or paint the outside (the table saw was a little rough on the grain of the thin boards) and also either paint or woodburn my HaldeCraft logo onto them (hello, advertising space).
Did I mention that he cut grooves on the inside of every box to make the width of the sections adjustable? Good for skinny or fat bars! Each box should hold up to about 60 bars of soap, which is about 18 lbs or so, meaning that I will still be able to move each one individually by myself. And since they stack, I can move the whole lot of them with a dolly.
I can’t even tell you how much this rocks. Tim rocks like a bit rocking thing that rocks a lot. Hey, he reads this blog! Everybody tell Tim how awesome he is!