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You, too, can make a sawdust toilet box.

COUNTRYSIDE: We received a letter asking about the sawdust toilet box in COUNTRYSIDE, and I am happy to help out with some info.

All the lumber used was 1 x 6, trimmed to a front width of 5-3/4 inches and the angles to trim the abutting sides are about 22-1/2 degrees, (that is 1/2 of a 45 degree angle that a square box needs for mitered corners). The center panel is split down the center and an extension of 1-1/2 inches was glued in to make the center 6-3/4 inches wide across the front--all the other panels are 5-1/4 inches on the outside. Some buckets are a tight fit so you may want to increase that center extension by another 1/8 or 1/4 of an inch, or add an additional extension to the side panels, depending on your buckets.

The height is the same as the buckets used and not all buckets are the same size, so choose a set of buckets and check the size. A slightly smaller one can fit okay, but I have some new ones that don't fit inside this toilet. I built a different (much uglier) toilet for the barn for those large diameter buckets. So as you trim the sides, start with a more open angle (try 23 or 24 degrees on your test piece), and trim as needed to fit by shaving the lower shoulder. Be sure to leave the outer "pointy" shoulder intact, since that is where you measure from.

I used masking tape to test fit and to hold the panels together while the wood glue dried. The back bracing was cut, tried for fit, and trimmed until I had it where I liked it. I trimmed a scrap piece until it fit and then cut the real piece, so I don't remember what the angle was, and then glued it into place. The mounting shelf for the seat (where the metal angles are) was also cut and trimmed to fit as needed. On ours it measures about 3/4 inch thick x 2-1/2 inches wide and 12 inches long.--Trisha Robb, Oklahoma
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Title Annotation:Country conversation & feedback
Author:Robb, Trisha
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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