Breadbox Class #1: A Class by GaryK - I finally get off my lazy rear!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 10-09-2011 04:31 AM 15326 reads 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been meaning to do a class for a long time now, but with a 4 year old daughter it’s hard to get some time in the shop.

I have come up with a project with the beginning woodworker in mind.

The only tools needed are a tablesaw and a drill.

There are only 7 pieces of wood, some screws 2 hinges and some plugs for the screw holes.

There is even a part that you can really use your imagination on. It’s the handle. You can experiment all you want with it without having to worry about messing anything else up.

For those more advanced you can take the basic box and go wild if you want.

This all started about 20 years ago when I made this very plain but functional breadbox

Over the years it has seen a lot of use, wear and tear and wood movement.
Check out the gap around the door. I didn’t know about mineral oil back then! It would have helped to seal it.

If you look closely you can see knife marks on the inner surface of the door. I found that it makes a very handy surface for preparing a sandwich. It also serves as a cutting board for minor tasks.
It’s always there when you need it.

It’s now 20 years later and hopefully I have learned a few things to improve it. (No, it won’t look like that when you are done!) I will look a lot better!

I am posting this now to allow those that want to work along in this class, a chance to gather your materials.

You want a closed grain wood for the door since you will be using it as a cutting board. Something like maple or ash (I used ash for the box above). Something with an open grain like oak will collect crumbs. I would use the same wood for the 4 long parts.

The following is a parts list:

All wood is 3/4” thick.
If you can’t get wood wide enough, you can always glue narrower pieces together.

Top and Back:
2 pieces 5 1/2” wide x 15” long

1 piece 7 3/4” wide x 15” long

1 piece 6 3/4” Wide x 15” long

2 pieces 7 1/2” x 8 1/4”
The end pieces can be a contrasting wood like walnut.

1 piece for the handle that you can decide on what you want to use.

1 short piece of 3/8” diameter rod (used to plug and hide the screws)

2 hinges of your choice. The need to have one leaf 3/4” or less (see picture above. I used a hinge 1” across)

The just some mineral oil to seal the wood.

A 1/4” diameter rod (about 24” long) can come in handy during assembly but not required

That’s about it.

Let me know who is interested.

I will start the class in a week or so.

Here is the final project that you are building.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-09-2011 04:36 AM

Hey Gary
Nice of you to help out the the new folks with this project.


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#2 posted 10-09-2011 04:53 AM

Ummm. I just stickered a big ole pile of walnut in the shop today. My mother would love this and I wouldn’t have to listen to her belly ache the entire time she comes to visit about the bread sitting on the counter.

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#3 posted 10-09-2011 05:14 AM

I made a bread Box once and it had a Roll Top front. A fun project.

One day I saw a mouse run across the counter and then he disappeared. I closed up the breadbox to keep him/her out.

I came back later and found a hold chewed through the roll top section.

I guess he was inside and wanted out pretty badly.

A great project Gary.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 10-09-2011 05:23 AM

I can’t wait to read the rest. ESPECIALLY the part on the hinges. That seems to give me the most trouble overall.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 10-09-2011 06:20 AM

Hey Gary!

Good to see you! It has been awhile! LOL

A nice change of pace job for you to present to us…

But butt BUTT no joint any more complex than a BUTT Joint! LOL

Good tip about sealing the wood as soon as it is done… Mineral Oil being a good choice…

And the 20 year test period is really being very conservative to be sure it lives up to it’s design! LOL

A very NICE, Simple, Entry level project to help our beginners get off with a good project that will be used everyday in the kitchen! That is a Super Good project!

Thank you for dropping in again… Hope you have been OK getting your batteries charged…

Any idea of what your next major project will be?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 10-09-2011 06:33 AM

Hey Joe, ( I always liked that song)

Never fear!
There is nothing but BUTT joints with screws & glue holding things together. It is better design than my old one. You will see.

The next major project: A scratch built Cyclone dust collector.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 10-09-2011 08:14 PM

Hey Gary, I’m in.
Or at least paying real close attention.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 10-09-2011 08:34 PM

Hi Gary I am not interested in this project, but if you ever do anything with inlays let me know.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#9 posted 10-09-2011 09:50 PM

I’m in

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 10-09-2011 10:27 PM

As usual Gary, a profound idea and a helpful post. I always enjoy your input. I especially enjoyed your Dining Suite, they don’t come any better.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#11 posted 10-20-2011 07:52 PM

Nice bread box, perhaps another project to make for my mom some time. A design idea to consider would be a door made like an end grain cutting board so you could use it as one without the wear a face grain door would see?

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#12 posted 10-20-2011 09:43 PM

CartersWhittling – You could always make the door with end grain, but since is a beginners course I won’t go into that.

Besides that, it’s really meant for making sandwiches and the most action it will get is to cut one in half. I have been using my old one for about 20 years and it shows no real sign of wear other than scratches. Regular knifes used will at most have a serrated edge. Nothing really sharp.

If you make one I’d really like to see it!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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