Break the norm, and DIY your holiday gift for Dad this year with this simple, yet practical shaving station. It’s a place for him to place his razor, shaving cream, shaving brush, and more. It looks great, and since you made it for him, Dad will appreciate his gift even more.
(We probably don’t need to point out that this would also make a terrific Father’s Day gift. We wouldn’t hold it against you if you wanted to make this for yourself, too.)
Just follow our step-by-step tutorial to make this shaving station.
Shaving Station for Dad
- Liberty 8-5/6 in. Steel Bar Pull
- Martha Stewart Living Canopy Cup Pull – Polished Nickel
- Liberty 1½ in. Contempo Knob – Polished Chrome
- Terry staining pad
- Minwax Special Walnut Stain
- ¾ in. x 2 ft. x 4 ft. Birch plywood panel
- 1 x 3 x 6 Select pine board
- Cleaning gloves
- Small fog-free camping mirror
- Wood glue
- Drill (You can rent a drill from The Home Depot.)
- Miter saw (You can rent a miter saw from The Home Depot.)
- Table saw (You can rent a table saw from The Home Depot.)
- Brad nailer (You can rent a brad nailer from The Home Depot.)
- Phillips-head screw driver
Step 1: Measure and Cut Wood
- Birch Panel Plywood Cut to 14¾ in. wide (height stays 24 in.)
- 1 x 3 x 6 cut to 14¾ in.
If you do not have a miter saw or table saw, your local Home Depot store can make the cuts for you.
Once all cuts are complete, lightly sand the wood to eliminate the rough edges.
Tip: You can use a rough threaded screw and a hammer to add a little additional rustic character to the board. This will allow the stain to pool a little deeper in the indented areas and give a worn wood look.
Step 2: Stain
Dip your staining pad in to the stain. Wipe the stain onto the boards in the direction of the woodgrain.
Let the stain sit for about 10 minutes, then wipe it off using the clean end of your staining pad.
Tip: A pair of vinyl gloves will keep the stain from seeping into your skin and ruining your manicure.
Step 3: Map Locations for the Hardware
Before putting the shaving station together, lay out all the elements of the station to allow for the best fit.
We used a camping mirror with an anti-fog feature. It had a hole in the center that allowed us to use an oversized chrome knob to attach it to the board.
Step 4: Mark the Hardware Locations
When you are laying out your design, also mark placement holes for your hardware to help with drilling accuracy.
Step 5: Pre-drill Holes
Now that you have the placement holes marked, use a 5/32 drill bit to pre-drill for application ease.
Step 6: Attach the Shelf
Apply wood glue to one end of the post. Using your nail gun and 1-in. brad nails, attach the shelf to the base by pinning in from the bottom of the shelf into the base of the board.
Step 7: Install the Hardware
Use a Phillips-head screw driver and the provided mounting screws to attach the cabinet hardware to the shaving station.
Start from the back of the shaving station and push installation screws through to connect into the threaded cabinet hardware.
Step 8: Add Dad’s Favorite Products
If you’re building this shave station as a gift, find some of Dad’s favorite shaving products, like a monogrammed towel or soft bristle brush!