Roll Top Bread Box

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Project by rctomps posted 12-23-2015 10:31 PM 1849 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Around Thanksgiving time my mother mentioned she would like to have a roll top bread box but she said that she knew I was too busy to make it by Christmas. So after finishing up a few other gift projects I started in on this. It was quite an adventure. Today is Dec 23 and I’m putting on the last coat of finish. I think she will be surprised. It’s constructed from Red Oak, and the cutting board has some Walnut and Cherry with Walnut pulls. Finished with 3 coats of ArmRSeal.

-- Rob

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#1 posted 12-24-2015 01:55 PM

I have always wanted to try this. Really nice job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#2 posted 12-24-2015 02:13 PM

Nice box!! Mom’s going to love it.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#3 posted 12-27-2015 02:09 PM

very nice and the pull out cutting board is a wonderful touch – great job !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 12-27-2015 02:43 PM

Very nice bread box. The cutting board with it is way cool.

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#5 posted 12-27-2015 04:59 PM

Nice bread box. Did you make the roll top yourself? If so would you be willing to blog about how you made it?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 12-27-2015 06:51 PM

This bread box turned out so nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 12-27-2015 08:19 PM

Thanks for the comments. Yes I made the tambour myself. I’m not sure if I will have time for a blog but if you look at the last picture you will see the jig that I made for the glue up. Here are a few links that helped me learn how to make the roll top part. The first video is closer to the technique that I used. I used white canvas, the type that is used to print photos on. I also downloaded a plan of a different breadbox from MLCS Woodworking which helped a lot.
Here’s the link.

I hope this helps if there is anything else I can answer don’t hesitate to ask.
A photo of one of the templates I made to rout the grooves.

-- Rob

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#8 posted 09-19-2018 03:13 AM

Hi Rob,

Very nice bread box. My mother asked me to build something very similar for her this Christmas. What diameter bit did you use to route the groove for the slats and what what the tennon thickness you used for the slats?

Were you happy with the way it slid in the channel, would you have changed either the groove width or the tennon thickness?

Thanks in advance

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