Well, hello everyone. I’m new to Lumberjocks and happy to be a part of the community (I always wanted to be a jock!). I’m looking forward to sharing a bit of the process as I build a bread box for a friend from my college years. (It’s the least I can do since I missed his 40th birthday.) I was casting about for design ideas when my lovely wife reminded me that the lid to our bread box had just recently fallen with a crash onto the kitchen floor. Looks like I’m going to be building two of these jewels.
I saw a couple of things as I was looking around that I wanted to incorporate into the design. Definitely not going with the tambour door idea. Too much of a headache! I like the kind that slants back in the front, with hinges on the top. I actually stumbled across JuniorJoiner's box here on LumberJocks.com, and there’s a lot I like about it. Like him, I think I’ll also use Black Walnut and dovetail the case.
My wife came up with the idea of a having a pullout cutting board at the bottom rather than a drawer, and I like it. I’ll put a little recess for a bread knife or something once I get to that point. But the most enjoyable part for me is going to be the marquetry panel for the door. I’m not that great at freehand drawing, so I looked around for a picture of a sliced loaf of bread that looked doable in wood. Here’s what I found:
Now to cut some veneers and get started! I like to cut my own in the shop when possible and then build the picture using the double-bevel cutting technique on the scroll saw. Maybe I’ll include some pics of that process later. Here are the veneers I cut today and hope to use for these panels:
Starting from the left, we have Black Walnut, Maple, Butternut, Ipe, and a piece of dyed Tiger Maple. That last one is going to be tricky since it is not shop-sawn and is much thinner than the other veneers. But I couldn’t resist the metallic look for the knife blade. I’ll probably need to drop it in once everything else is glued down onto the panel.
Well, I guess that’s it for now. Hopefully, tomorrow will result in a couple a great looking wooden pictures of bread!
-- Lucas, Davie, FL – http://www.harrimanwoodworking.com