Making a proper home for my razors

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by Frijolero, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. Frijolero

    Frijolero Well-Known Member

    For a long time, I had been keeping my straights in an old cigar box. Just laying there loose. It was always in the back of my head that I wanted to give them sonething a little more elegant.

    A few weeks back, I was in Dollar Tree, and I had a flash of inspiration:

    The outer clip of these looked to be the perfect size. So I grabbed three bags of them, and a sheet of thick red felt from Hobby Lobby.

    First, the clips wrapped more than 180° around the rollers. So I cut one section from the side. Three clips was also a bit too long, so one in three I cut a little short.

    I laid them out on paper against a straight edge, and glued them together into a frame.

    No pic, but it dawned on me that the ridges in the middle were twice as wide as the two ends. So I grabbed some of the sections that I cut off earlier and glued them against the ends to make the widths consistent.

    Next comes the felt. I used 3m Super77 spray adhesive. I worked one section at a time, covered the rest with paper while spraying. Press the felt into the slot. Then, the handle of an old ball joint separator was the perfect size and heft to hold the felt while the glue set.

    For the sides of the box, I cut the remaining felt into four pieces. Folded each in half lengthwise and glued them that way. Trimmed them to length, and glued them to the inside of the box.

    One last thing to work out. The box is twice as tall as my tray, so I would like to raise the tray up. Dollar Tree to the rescue again!

    I cut a piece of foam kneeling pad and glued to the bottom of the box.

    That brings the tray up to just below the top of the felt on the sides. Perfect!

    Voila! My straights now have a place to call home with some dignity. And a little room to grow the family. I haven't decided yet, but I'll probably grab another sheet of felt for the inside of the lid. And a clip to hold the VCI tab.
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  2. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    That is really nice, good job.
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  3. BigMark83

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    My Man!
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  4. Rkep01

    Rkep01 Well-Known Member

    An ingenious solution! Always love it when a solution is arrived at with cheap repurposed items. We're going to have to start calling you McGiver!
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  5. BigMark83

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    I smell a custom title. The MacGyver of Wetshaving?
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  6. Steve56

    Steve56 Well-Known Member

    Nice job!
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  7. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    very cool sir,..
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  8. AGHisBBS

    AGHisBBS Well-Known Member

    Great job!
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  9. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Beautiful work!
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  10. Frijolero

    Frijolero Well-Known Member

    Thanks, everyone.

    Would they really let me off that easy?
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  11. BigMark83

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    I would, but then again the decision isn't for me to make.
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  12. Robert1955

    Robert1955 Well-Known Member

    Great it...the red looks fantastic..I might have gone for blue, but seeing this Red was the right choice.
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  13. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    If I had straights, I'd commission one from you. should make and sell them on esty or something. Great work!
  14. Artlogon

    Artlogon Well-Known Member

    Really neat

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  15. M14Shooter

    M14Shooter Well-Known Member

    Came out great .
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  16. Mr. Oldschool

    Mr. Oldschool Johnny Dangerously

    All I can say is wow!
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  17. pj3r

    pj3r Well-Known Member

    Nice. Elegant and simple! Great work!

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  18. Lee Russell

    Lee Russell Member

    Well! I usually go with the traditional stand for my safety razor, the one can pack the brush and the razor itself! it looks good also!
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  19. Frijolero

    Frijolero Well-Known Member

    Thank you.

    Sell them? Hmmmm. I guess that would come down to how much time it takes to make one. I really didn't keep track of that at all. It was pretty spread out.
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