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Make Your Own Razor and Shaving Brush Stand

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This instructable will show you how you can make your own razor and shaving brush stand using items that are probably already in your house.

Tools required:

Pair of pliers (preferably something hefty, like linesman pliers)
Large cylinder (I used a small mason jar)
Small cylinder (I used a battery, a pill bottle also works well)

Material:

Wire coat hanger

Note: The first picture you see here is the prototype that I made before documenting the project. The second picture is the finished-except-for-paint one that I made for this Instructable. The picture of the second final product was taken on an uneven surface. It is not tilted, the surface is. I also ended up moving the brush and razor holder in closer to the center upright. The shaving equipment that I made it for required it to be more centered due to it being heavier than my test equipment (my stuff is lighter, so didn't have a problem). As always, your mileage may vary and please see the notes on the appropriate steps about centering for weight.
 
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Step 1: Prepare the Coat Hanger

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The first thing you need to do is unwrap the coat hanger near the hook. Take your pliers, and grip the wrap at the top across both pieces of wire. You can unwrap this by turning the pliers in the opposite direction of the wrap.

Once you have the wire unwrapped, straighten the first bend on the end of the wire without the hanging hook. You will actually not use the hook for anything, discarding or saving it at the end of the project. The easiest way to straight the bend is to put the pliers on the side of the bend closest to the twisted end and use your hand to straighten the wire.

You will need to straighten the wire as you go, but in this case we have only straightened the first section we will be using. In further steps, straight the wire as needed.

Step 2: Forming the Base

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First, place the twisted end against the outside edge of the jar, near the top. A jar is handy here because we can grip the end against the jar using our pliers. If you are using a glass vessel here (and in my case, a mason jar) take care not to grip the glass too hard. You're only holding the wire in place to make a cleaner circle, and it only needs to be held down, not clamped tight. If you're uncomfortable with this step, use your hands to hold the wire in place or find a plastic container of similar size and shape.

Step 3: Securing the Base

Ok, the second step in forming the base involves securing the wire against itself. This will also lead to the placement of the upright.

This is really just a reverse of the initial step of unwrapping the wire. Place the twisted end against the other side of the circle, grip the two pieces of wire, and turn your pliers to re-wrap the wire against the base. This should be fairly easy if you make sure to use the same direction that the wire was originally wrapped in. If you have trouble, you only need a wrap or two to hold it in place. Any excess can be cut off with a snip, diagonal cutter, or the cutters on your linesman pliers.

Step 4: Forming the Upright

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The upright is formed with three bends. \

First: Hold the base firmly where the join is between the twist and where the rest of the wire is, you can use your pliers or your hands for this one. I prefer to use pliers, because it gives a better advantage. Bend the remaining wire upright until it is at a 90 degree angle to the base.

Second: Hold the upright as close to the base as you can with your linesman pliers. This will put the bend at about an inch from the base. If you aren't using linesman pliers, I'd suggest putting the bend in an inch up, since the jaws won't do this for you. Make this about a 45 degree angle.

Third: Hold the now-angled upright with the right side of the jaws at the middle of the base (see the picture below). Bend this upright until it is once again at a 90 degree angle.

Putting the upright in the center helps to balance the load on the base. The first prototype had an upright straight up from the side, but then couldn't hold just one of the items for this stand, so I added these bends.

Step 5: Forming the Razor Holder

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Ok, here we will form the razor holder. Depending on the razor you are using, please make sure that the holder will fit your razor. For the most part, if you make the holder about a 1" triangle, you should be fine with anything. Mine hold a Schick Injector E Series which has a bit of a fat handle.

Determine what height you want your stand to be. It should be high enough that your razor and brush can hang without touching the counter/table/whatever it is standing on. Don't make it too tall, otherwise it could get too tippy for the base. Once you have determined the height, follow these steps.

First: Hold the upright so the bend you put into it is at the desire height. The bend will need to make the wire 90 degrees to the upright, and the wire will be parallel with the counter. I put the bend going back over the upright to increase stability.

Second: Hold the wire at the desired length, which will be about the edge of the base looking down on it (once again I used my pliers as an eyeball measurement). Put a 90 degree bend in the wire. You don't want it to be too far over, as the weight of the razor could tip the stand.

Third: Hold the wire at the last bend, and bend the wire back toward itseld, forming a triangle. The wire will pass over itself, this is ok.

Fourth: Decide how deep you want the triangle to be, and then hold the wire (still the "loose" end" near the sideways bar where it crosses itself. Put a bend in it to line it up with the top bar. I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of room, so I put a pretty big triangle shape into it. Yours may be smaller.

Step 6: Forming the Brush Holder

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Here we will form the brush holder. This will be a little different from the razor holder, as you want the weight of the brush to be closer to the center, especially if you have a heavy brush. So the first bend will be closer (1 inch or so) to the center upright. Keep in mind that the heavier the brush, the closer to the center you probably want to be. This may lead to experimentation, or another coat hanger if you encounter too many balance problems. I wouldn't put the first bend any farther than 2 inches, which is still more than I show here, and most likely you'll want it a little closer.

First: Hold the wire and put a "more than 90 degree" bend into it. This starts the edge of the curve you're going to create.

Second: Hold the wire against your form (in this case, a D battery) and curve the wire around it. You can also use the same method as in the base forming, using an open cylinder and holder the wire against it with your pliers. You don't want the bend to be an open U, make it a little more closed.

Third: Hold the pliers at the end of the U-type bend, and bend it back on itself. You can then clip the excess off and press that curl in on itself to create the little accent you'll see on the final product.

Note: You may need to bend the horizontal U shape down a little bit, to make sure your brush does not fall out of the U. This can be done easily with your hands.

Step 7: Finishing Up

There you have it! You have now finished the stand. The little curl accent isn't just for looks, it will help you paint your stand (should you choose to do so). The original stand I made was finished with flat black enamel and a glossy clear acrylic.

If you do choose to pain the stand, the curl will allow you to hang it on a piece of wire for easy painting and drying. Remember, should you choose to paint with spray-paint, to use adequate ventilation. I do not recommend polishing, as a coat hanger is made out of cheap metal. Enamel or acrylic paint would work fine, and no harm should come to your shaving tools when resting in the stand. Someone suggested plasti-dip to me, but I think that's a bit excessive.

As you can see below the stand will hold either item, razor or brush, by itself. Centering the upright over the base, and extending the razor while keeping the brush closer to the center will help to distribute the weight correctly. If your stand will not stand up with just one of the two items, you may have made your base too small, upright too tall, or extended the brush holder too far. In this example the brush is not that close to the center, but my brush is very light.

The last picture is an example of what the rack will look like when painted. It is the prototype that I made, so the razor holder looks a little different. The method of bending the razor holder was improved for the second (for this Instructable).
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Cornelia6562 months ago

Nice instructable! I actually made something similar to this with a wire hanger, but I hooked it onto the rim of the mini mason jar that my husband uses for his shave soap. My haphazard design isn't a nice as this instructable's, and I may try again to make a nicer one, but I like that the damp brush can drip into the soap jar and not all over the counter. Just a thought since the little jar also helps stabilize the stand so it isn't as easy to tip.

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dcummins81 made it!3 months ago

Had some copper wire laying around (who doesn't!) and gave it a go

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timburns4 years ago
I tightened up the razor loop into more like a rectangle to store my straight razor. The design is perfectly simplistic and looks great. I like it more than a professional one because I know what went into constructed it, a feeling of accomplishment. Thanks TricksyHobbit!
I did basically this I think.

I also made my brush holder adjustable (as the two brushes I have are shaped nothing alike!)

I like that it can hold EVERYTHING I use (different razors, different brushes) and it cost me...nothing really. I had everything on hand.

I was self sufficient for real after checking out these pics.

I also made the bottom a bit different (like a semi circle) and I made the middle post in 3 bends not 2. I made clearance for a soap mug under the brush!

Hyzerflip,

I'm new to wet-shaving and I'm interested in a picture of your brush/razor holder. Can you pm me or post a picture of you handiwork?

Thanks!

Omegadog12

oakback3 years ago
I used this instructable to make my stand, thanks! I made one change, I didn't like having to grab the head of the razor (double edge safety type), I undoubtedly would have ended up slicing my fingers. So I modified it a bit, made the razor side into a U shape, so I can slice it in and out by the handle. Still haven't painted it yet though so no pics, waiting for a day that's warm enough and not too humid.
oakback oakback3 years ago
edit: so I can SLIDE it in and out by the handel
I did the difference between the original and yours I guess. I made my brush stand an adjustable version (just more metal wrapping around the brush) as well.

I don't have my DE yet (just ordered a 40's style SS) but I forsaw the same problem.

The only paint I could find was a can of Plasti-Dip I never ended up using...I've got 3 coats on right now...Might give it one or two more...Looks good for something I've made.
joneill4 years ago
I just began shaving again with a safety razor and shaving brush, after over 40 years. Taken me about a week to remember all the old tricks, but have really learned to enjoy it. I was going to have a friend with woodworking abilities make me a nice wooden stand, until I happened upon this great website. Took me about a 1/2 hour, plus twice that long to tweak it but it came out great. Really a nice simple project with great satisfaction. Now to finish it off with a nice paint job....
neat looking project. loved it
jcqueen4 years ago
Awesome project, Hobbit-dude. I built my stand a couple of days ago, and it works great. Shaving stands are horrendously expensive (especially considering that they're only slightly specialized toothbrush holders), so it's nice to be able to put off that expense for awhile. In the meantime this stand is pretty much free, and it has a nice, rustic, masculine look about it. Thanks for sharing your ingenuity.
chlsmith5 years ago
Good idea! I've been looking for one of these and they cost $20 at a minimum, for a basic stainless steel model! Mine may not be that nice looking, but it does the job.
So, why would you need a brush? I mean, who uses a brush and why? I either use a razor and shaving gel, or one of those Norelco Speed XL shavers.
In my limited experience in wetshaving i have noticed that using a brush, aside from being necessary to get the hard soap into a lather, is that it is a lot of fun and feels really nice. yeah, the soaps also work better and smell a lot nicer , and are usually a lot more inexpensive than canned gels, but i like the old school vibe of having a collection of tools to shave with rather than a can of shaving cream and a mach 3...
A brush ex-foliates the dry skin and brings the hairs on your face up allowing for a better, closer shave, so I have read, as for gels, and creams, they contain propellants, and alcohol that can dry your skin out, putting anything on your face with your hands can push the hairs, down. I have recently started using a brush and a cut-throat (straight razor), and that is the closest shave I have ever gotten, and let my tell you a warm shave in morning does wonders for waking you up, of course having a very sharp unguarded blade heading towards your neck doesn't hurt either....
Shaving gel doesn't need a brush because it's already in a mixed liquid state. Shaving soaps, however, come in a solid form (like a hand soap), and need to be mixed with water to produce a rich, full lather. I won't argue the relative virtues of soap vs caned gels, other then to say that I prefer the soaps. The brush is also useful in applying the lather (from either gel or soap) to your face.
Or you are like me and allergic to the propellant used in canned shaving cream and gel. I unfortunately recently realized this when I was without shaving cream for a little while and had to use soap instead... Bad razor burn, but I did not break out.
TricksyHobbit (author)  vitruvian88076 years ago
You don't "need" a brush, unless you're going to shave with shaving soap or cream that requires it. This would be an accessory for traditional wetshaving.
HAL 90005 years ago
great, i've been thinking about making a stand for my newly acquired Wetshaving kit (i have the same brush!), and this should do fine untill i get the materials/idea/skills to make another. great pictures, great project.
lovedezign5 years ago
Thanks !! I just finished mine....And I hope t will be useful :) I love your lo-fi project.
Smike5 years ago
BTW www.badgerandblade.com has all of the information you ever need about wet shaving. To start go with a Weishi and Feathers
Smike5 years ago
Been looking for a unique holder. I made it in 8 minutes. Cool!
its a lion6 years ago
Where did you get your razor and brush from? I would love to try wetshaving, but I don't know any sites to get the stuff from. Plus I don't want to spend too much on it. Oh, and nice iBle.
You can get a brush at Walmart for under $5.00. The old-fashioned razor is another story!
There are several website available for brushes, and razors, ebay is good for a cheaply priced straight razor and brush, there are also other sites like www.theartofshaving.com www.classicshaving.com/Home.html www.amazon.com
you can get a cheap brush at any drug store, even mug shaving foam, its easy to find, but not very nice to shave with, it dries fast and the brush loses to much hair
I got a nice one. Just came in yesterday actually. But I looked at every drug store around here, and none of them had one.
odd, i see them in every one, even our little crappy ones carry shaving brushes, maybe it cause i'm from a small town?
A good place to start is classicshaving.com. They will have everything you need. For some good insight into wet shaving, search You Tube for wet shaving. Great vids explaining all.
I joined Badger and Blade, and asked about it there. They pointed me to the Crabtree and Evelyn Best Badger Brush (just shipped today, and I can't wait for it to get here). I am holding off on the razor for a little while since my fusion's blade is still good. The blades cost too much for me to just quit using it like that. I don't want to spoil myself before getting the full life out of it. I have been to that website before though, and they definitely did have everything I would need. Plus some.
Oh, and I watched a few of those vids on there. They were very informative. I'm going to have to watch them again though so I can figure out how to get a good lather with the brush.
TricksyHobbit (author)  its a lion6 years ago
The brush I bought from drugstore.com, it's a Tweezerman ($15). The razor, however, is not available new anymore. It's a Schick E Series injector, from 1939. I got it on Ebay.
kc2dpt6 years ago
I just made one today. Very nice instructable. Mine came out pretty good I think. I had to change up the shaver holder for a Mach 3 handle - it's round up until the head where it goes flat. So what happened was it would want to twist into the triangle and drop through. I changed it from the triangle to more of a house shape and then angled it down to encourage the blade to sit solidly. Also, I used a hanger that was already painted but that resulted in paint flakes coming off at every bend. Anyway, just wanted to share my ups and downs. Again, great instructable. I'm very happy with my new stand. I just got a nice badger brush for a gift so I wanted to store it properly. So thanks. :)
TricksyHobbit (author)  kc2dpt6 years ago
Great! I'm glad people are actually using this instructable. I thought about using a pre-painted one, but I imagined that it would flake at the bends (exactly what happened). Glad that you're happy with it, and glad that you got a nice brush! I love my badger brush.
It continues to surprise me how ignorant people can be about shaving. Do people really buy into the cartridge razor thing so easily. I shave with a cut throat - a way better shave cheaper and less wasteful. Maybe I should do an instructable on it
TricksyHobbit (author)  nickyspaghetti6 years ago
Why not? I know that Mantic has great videos on youtube on traditional wetshaving. Why not a "how to shave with a cut throat (without cutting your throat)" instructable.
jaysbob6 years ago
hopefully this doesn't sound too snide but those "retro" safety razors aren't good for much more than cutting up your face while trying to get a decent shave. I will admit wet shaving is nice but its not really convenient to spend an extra 5 minutes getting everything out and then cleaned up afterwards. regardless, well made and well photographed instructable.
You could not be more wrong - I use a 50's Gillette safety razor and it's the best shave I've ever had, hands down. I can get 100 blades for 16$ - thus making the cheapest shave ever as well.
TricksyHobbit (author)  jaysbob6 years ago
I wouldn't say that it sounds snide, but it's certainly uninformed. Safety razors, the good ones, can be better for shaving than the multi-blades that are being touted.
bedbugg26 years ago
but he used a cutthroat razor
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