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