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Soap Dish

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Beyond Design

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Beyond Design
Chicago, Illinois

General Information

A simple flat dish flip milled out of HDPE. The top features a captivating pattern of channels. The bottom has a large chamfer which gives the design a thin, floating aesthetic.

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Material Description Price
Black HDPE Sheet

Black HDPE Sheet

Thickness: 3/4 in, Dimensions: 8 in × 12 in

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soap dish pattern.svg


soap dish.svg


soap dish chamfer.svg


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Cut registration holes

This file will cut holes that align to your wasteboard on the Carvey machine. Make sure your material isn’t larger than 6" in the Y direction. Once cut, You can use these holes to screw the material directly to the wasteboard.

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Mill the pocket

This cut will determine how high the sidewalls are on the dish. I kept them fairly low, but high enough to keep water from overflowing.

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Mill the pattern

For this cut you will need to switch to a 1/8" ballnose endmill. The depth you are cutting is crucial for creating a nice channel. Too shallow and you will get gaps between the grooves, too deep and you will get tall brittle edges.

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Flip the material

Unscrew your clamps and flip the material. Clamp the material back down, starting with the holes you created in step 1. This will ensure that the material is properly registered. Double check the Easel files to see that everything aligns correctly.


Mill the chamfer

For this step use the 1/8" ballnose to cut the chamfer on the bottom of the dish.

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Cut the profile

Switch back to a square or fishtail endmill and cut the profile of the dish out. Then remove the clamps, cut the tabs, and see how it turned out!

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