How to Make a Wooden Soap Box

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How to Make a Wooden Soap Box
Store your soaps in a wooden soap box. (handmade soap image by Alison Bowden from

Wooden boxes accent home interiors. They act as decoration and provide storage. Items such as keys, electronic devices, and even bars of soap are easily hidden from sight by beautiful wooden boxes. Wooden soap boxes traditionally were boxes that bars of soap were packed in. Contemporary soap boxes conceal new bars of soap until they are needed for use. In today's bathrooms, clean lines and styling are important for the overall spa-like luxury of the room. Wooden boxes are essential in creating those clean lines and minimalist interiors.

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Things you need

  • 4 1-by-3-by-6 inch walnut boards
  • Mitre saw
  • Wood glue
  • Finish nails
  • Hammer
  • Damp rag
  • 2 1-by-6-by-6 inch walnut boards
  • Table saw with dado set
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Wood finish of your choice

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  1. 1

    Cut a 45-degree angle on each end of four 1-by-3-by-6 inch walnut boards with a mitre saw. These are the sides. The 45-degree angles will be on the inside of the box and allow the sides to come together to form a square box.

  2. 2

    Assemble the sides of the soap box. Place the four 1-by-3-by-6 inch walnut boards together to form a box. Apply a bead of wood glue to the 45-degree edges that will form the joints of the box. Use finish nails and a hammer to fasten the sides together. Space the finish nails evenly using two nails per joint. Wipe off any excess glue with a damp rag. Allow the glue to dry before handling the soap box.

  3. 3

    Cut a 1/2-by-1 inch cut out of each side of one of the 1-by-6-by-6 inch walnut boards on a table saw with a dado set. This is the lid of the box. The 1/2-by-1 inch cut will allow the lid bottom to fit inside the box sides.

  4. 4

    Place the other 1-by-6-by-6 inch walnut board on a work surface. This is the bottom of the box. Align the box side assembly on top of the box bottom. Apply a bead of wood glue along the edges where the wood will join together. Fasten the bottom to the side assembly using a hammer and finish nails. Wipe off any glue with a damp rag. Allow the glue to dry before handling.

  5. 5

    Sand all of the exposed surfaces of the box with 120-grit sandpaper. Apply a wood finish of your choice. Allow the finish to dry before continuing. Place the lid on the box and put the box aside until use.

Tips and warnings

  • Create different shaped boxes for an interesting set of soap boxes to sit on the bathroom counter.
  • Wear eye protection when working with wood.
  • Follow tool safety precautions for safe operation.

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