For those that still use bar soap, here is a quick and easy idea to make a soap holder. A soap holder and a bar of homemade soap makes a lovely gift.
I realize that many people use liquid soap now, but I still prefer a homemade bar of soap from local Canadian entrepreneurs. Supporting small local business is very important at this time. The big box stores that sell soap don’t need your money but the small, independent person appreciates all the help they can get.
These are easily made from small pieces of wood, preferably a hard wood like maple or cedar. Pine does work but it is more absorbent.
The wood is cut into blocks, 6.5×10.5 cm. The top of the block has 4 cuts/slits made in it and the bottom has 2 cuts/slits. The slits are about 1 cm in depth. Where the top and bottom cuts cross a small hole is drilled for drainage. The above and below photos show how a circular saw was used for making the recessed slits (hard to get a clear photo while the saw was in motion). The bottom image above shows the drainage hole when the holder was held up to the light.
After cutting and drilling a sander was used to smooth away any rough edges.
This bar of soap was made by the Manitoulin Soap Factory and sold in a local store. By purchasing this soap I was supporting a local business and a Canadian soap company.
With the encouragement to wash your hands all the time during this covid19 crisis I’m using more soap. This soap holder stops the soap from getting mushy in a soap dish.
I originally saw this item for sale at a craft show a few years ago and used the idea to make some for myself.
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