Breadbox Class

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Blog series by GaryK updated 02-02-2012 07:04 PM 8 parts 107863 reads 39 comments total

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

10-09-2011 04:31 AM by GaryK | 12 comments »

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 ...

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Part 2: Let's make some saw dust! Cutting the long boards.

10-19-2011 06:54 PM by GaryK | 7 comments »

Ok, so here we go. Remember this is a beginner course so everything will be very basic.For those more advanced and like the design, just go ahead and make it. The design is simple. 3 fixed sides and 2 fixed ends with a hinged door. The handle it made the exact height so that the door it is level when opened to use as a small cutting board to prepare sandwiches. Lets start off with a plan drawing. All the dimensions are there. The 15” length can be adjusted a little if yo...

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Part 3: Making the end pieces

10-23-2011 02:16 AM by GaryK | 1 comment »

Now we will make the end pieces for the breadbox. Start with your 7 1/2” by 8 1/4” pieces. They are probably the hardest part of this project so I will break it up into two parts. The first one will be to shape the part. The first thing you will need to do is to rotate your miter gauge 15 degrees. It doesn’t need to be perfect, just get it as close as you can. If your gauge is set square it will be at the 90 Degree mark. 90 – 15 = 75. So when you move it 15 degre...

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Part 4: Finishing the ends.

11-06-2011 02:11 AM by GaryK | 4 comments »

Now lets add the holes to attach the ends. First mark a line 5/8” from the edge of the bottom, back and side.An easy way to do this is to use a compass. Using a compass just scribe the line. You will end up with lines like this. Then just mark the locations for 3 holes. I started 3/4” from the edge on the bottom and top. (the top was a big mistake so don’t use 3/4” for the top) For the top use 1 1/4” from the from edge as shown below. I used ...

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Part 5: Gluing up the sides

11-11-2011 11:14 PM by GaryK | 2 comments »

Now for something simple. Gluing up the long sides. You will need to make a 5 1/2” wide piece out of scrap wood. Maybe a couple of smaller ones. They are used as spacers for the glue up and that’s all. This assures that the opening stays at the proper distance while the glue dries. Since these are long grain to long grain, nothing other that glue is required The first thing I do is apply glue to both long edges of the (5 1/2”) back and clamp it up with the top and b...

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Part 6: Attaching the ends

12-15-2011 12:35 AM by GaryK | 2 comments »

Here’s what you’ll need to attach the ends. I use 1/4” dowels as spacers, but you can use 1/4” thick pieces of wood if you like. I set the sides on the spacers to keep them 1/4” off the table. Then using a square and another dowel I space the back the same way. This will create a nice even spacing around the edges. Clamp things together to that they won’t more while drilling the holes. Then I use a smaller 7/64” drill to drill the...

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Part 7: The hinges

01-31-2012 08:27 AM by GaryK | 7 comments »

Someone mention not being able to do a good job installing hinges so I hope this helps. I tried to make it as straight forward as I could. Here are the hinges I used. I just picked them up at Lowes. Also in the picture are some rubber feet I used to keep it in place and from scuffing up the counter top. I mounted the hinges 1 1/2” from each end. Then I clamped a small piece of wood to the bottom to give me a good edge to line things up with. What you want to do i...

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Part 8: Finishing up

02-02-2012 07:04 PM by GaryK | 4 comments »

Now we want to cleanup all the holes we have made. As you can see below I chose a light colored wood. Just poplar dowels I picked up at Lowes. You can use dark colored wood if you don’t want a contrast. First I cut up the dowels. Then applied some glue to the holes. And then banged all the plugs in place You can barley see below the holes that I plugged from my mistake earlier. You can either use a flush trim saw or just sand the plugs flush with the surfa...

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