|Project by MightyWood||posted 04-16-2015 12:47 PM||1445 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
Making a box for Leibniz butter biscuits.
This project is part of the Woodworking Europe Collaboration Build 2015 were a bunch of other Woodworker from Europe came together to create something presenting or serving a local product or food speciality and show the build in a video on Youtube. I decided to create a box for butter biscuits made by Bahlsen, a local cookie producer since 1889.
I bought some laminated spruce boards for this project. First I searched the wood for imperfections, layouted the dimensions of the box roughly and decided which part will be the top. the middle and the bottom. From the middle board I cut out a rectangle where the biscuits will be put later. Then I glued the middle and bottom part together and used the middle part to guide my router so that I could extend the depth of the recess. Because I already glued the “template” down to the bottom I had to create another template for the lid.
Then I had to shape each of the 53 teeth with a file and sand everything 3 times to 240 grid.
Some background information:
In 1889 Hermann Bahlsen aquired a small cake and biscuit shop in Hannover. Two years later he came up with his first own product, the butter biscuit. He named his creation after a famous son of city, the mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). The Leibniz Butter Biscuit with his 52 teeth was born. To increase the productivity Bahlsen introduced the first band-conveyer in Europe in 1905 and in 1911 he expanded and build a new factory. Hermann Bahlsen died in 1919 and his descendants kept the road to success. After World War 2 and the rebuild they started exporting their products to the US. Because of space issues in the late 80s the production was sourced out to Barsinghausen, a city near Hannover.
In January 2013 the 20 kilogram heavy bicuit sign made of gold-plated brass was stolen. A short time later a local newspaper received a blackmail letter with a photo of a person in a cockiemonster constume holding the missing golden biscuit.
Photo: PD Hannover
Photo: PD Hannover
The state office of criminal investigation searched for finger prints and DNA traces but in May they stop proceeding because the offender could not be found.
The finished box:
In the end I finished everything on the outside with boiled linseed oil and the inside with a mineral oil wax mixture.
Please also check out my video:
As I said this is part of the Woodworking Europe Collaboration Build 2015. Please check out the playlist on youtube to see what other participants came up with.
Thanks for reading!
Daniel from Mighty Wood