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Hickory breadbox

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Project by JeanValjean posted 06-01-2014 05:38 PM 876 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here we have a solid hickory breadbox.
Nothing too special about it…17” wide, 8” tall and 8” deep..
The bottom sits in a dado joint and the top has a stopped dado joint that had to be executed very carefully.
The back is a solid hickory panel that floats in a groove to allow for seasonal expansion and contraction.
The face sits on a 15 degree back angle but still retains enough space to hold about three standard loaves of bread.
I had to do some creative mortising work with a chisel and mallet to allow the top to close completely due to the face angle.

I strive for my finishes to have a certain “feel” to them…. And this one doesn’t disappoint.
The box was finish sanded to 220 grit..
I started with two coats of Sherwin Williams Professional Hi Solids pre-cat lacquer in a satin gloss level…
After drying it was sanded lightly with 320 grit, then buffed with 4/0 steel wool…then blown clean with dry compressed air.
Another two coats of the same finish were applied and after drying I very lightly buffed the box with 5/0 steel wool than applied a coat of Johnson’s paste wax and final buffed with a micro fiber cloth..
The feel is wonderful, the sheen is very pleasing…
I tried out my new rubber stamp on the back to sign and date my work.

-- Semper Fi





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 06-01-2014 05:45 PM

Very well done. I bet it’s very solid also.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-01-2014 06:38 PM

I am currently considering a branding iron to mark my work so I found your rubber stamp interesting on such a nice piece. Are you satisfied with the stamp and are you confident it won’t come off?
Great work! I really like that hickory!

-- The most dangerous tool in my shop is the one I am currently using! Harvey

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JeanValjean

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#3 posted 06-01-2014 06:55 PM

Well Harvey I am confident it won’t come off because it is between layers of finish…
As for satisfaction that is up in the air..
On a close grained wood it is quite clear…on open grain like oak or hickory it’s not so clear..

But it was cheap…if I did a custom branding iron with my signature it would be several hundred dollars

-- Semper Fi

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harveysoriginals

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#4 posted 06-01-2014 06:59 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. That cost on a branding iron is why I haven’t pulled the trigger on it. It sure does look cool though! I am currently “signing” my work with a sharpie directly on the wood before any finish and so far that has held up well. But no doubt people like those “professional” looking marks.
Take care and good luck. I enjoyed the chat!

-- The most dangerous tool in my shop is the one I am currently using! Harvey

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#5 posted 10-27-2014 02:37 AM

Jean,
Looks great. Where did you get you’re stamp?

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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