Walnut Bread Box with Marquetry #1: Let us break bread together ...

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Blog entry by Harriman posted 04-04-2014 03:35 AM 1618 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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, 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 –

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#1 posted 04-04-2014 04:07 AM

Welcome to LJ’s . It’s good to have another marquetry guy here. There aren’t many of us but we are quite active.
Just a tip for the tiger maple, you may want to laminate a backer piece, maybe plain maple, to it before cutting to maintain the same thickness. It would make your life easier when it comes to fitting and sanding.

I’ll be watching this come together, looks like a fun project.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 04-04-2014 10:55 AM

Thanks for the suggestion!

-- Lucas, Davie, FL –

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 01:12 AM

Looking forward to seeing how this turns out!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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