Walnut Bread Box with Marquetry #3: Putting the bread in the oven, so to speak

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Blog entry by Harriman posted 04-08-2014 04:22 AM 2063 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Two Wooden Loafs ... Or Is It Loaves? Part 3 of Walnut Bread Box with Marquetry series Part 4: Cutting the bread and a little spontaneous saw repair »

Today was a pretty productive day in the shop overall. I wanted to start by getting those two bread loaves inlaid into my Maple panels so I can finish the doors and move on to the dovetails. As I mentioned in my last post, I like to use the router a lot during this process, both for inlaying the marquetry and for cleaning it up after the glue dries.

The first step is to stick the assembly in place with double-sided tape and trace the perimeter with an x-acto knife.

Once that’s done, I use a 5/8” straight router bit followed by a 1/8” to carefully clean out the area where the bread loaf will be glued. I replace the plate on the router with an acrylic shop-made plate that measures 13”x13”. This allows plenty of visibility so I don’t bump my x-acto lines (although I did that very thing today—looks like my panels are going to be 1/16” thinner than I thought!!) Then I clean up the edges with the knife and some carving chisels.

Once I had the pieces glued up and “cooking” in the clamps, I turned my attention to the Walnut for the actual boxes. Here’s a picture of the lumber as I pulled it off the pile. I had to cut it pretty small to get around some of the splits and knots in the wood, but I finally got the ten pieces I needed glued up and ready to go.

That’s it for tonight. I have to get to bed. This blogging stuff really wears a person out! I’ll finish the discussion of how I clean up the panels tomorrow. To be continued …

-- Lucas, Davie, FL –

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#1 posted 04-08-2014 04:45 AM

Coming along nicely.

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#2 posted 04-09-2014 06:11 PM

I like what you have done so far.
And I like the clear plate for the router. I splurged and bought a plunge router base for Dremel, really helps in tight areas.
What kind of finish do you plan to use on the finished product?

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#3 posted 04-09-2014 11:53 PM

I don’t really know which finish, Bigkahunaranch. Any suggestions? I was thinking to just use a pre-cat lacquer since it’s a kitchen item and I want it to withstand any spills. I love the look of natural Danish oil finish on Walnut, but not sure if it’s really that foodsafe. Any thoughts?

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#4 posted 04-10-2014 01:05 AM

As far as Danish oil being food safe, I don’t remember, but you could check Bob Flexner’s books, as he has a chapter devoted to food safe finishes.

Or you could just hit the walnut with BLO, and then spray the lacquer over the top. If lacquer won’t adhere to the BLO, then you could topcoat with shellac.

Just thinking out loud, here!

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