Shaker Inspired Bread Box

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Project by Joe Watson posted 10-17-2009 11:16 PM 4886 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box to put our bread to keep it off the counter. Its made of pallet wood. I think the species to the box part is poplar. I recently read a book on shaker furniture so it gave me the idea for the box. My wife wanted it stained so i sealed it with shellac seal coat then stained it so its not as dark but more even in color since poplar is a blotchy wood. then used a cherry water based stain and shellac final coat for three coats. I added some finishing wax to even out the finish. it was an easy project to work on while i wait on getting a part for my jointer.

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#1 posted 10-17-2009 11:39 PM

Nice looking bread box.

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#2 posted 10-17-2009 11:51 PM

very nice. well done.

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#3 posted 10-17-2009 11:53 PM

cool idea. IS it bigger than a bread box?

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#4 posted 10-18-2009 12:26 AM

the inside fits a loaf of bread but we have only a half loaf and i had some bagels however when we had a whole loaf i measured it just right

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#5 posted 10-18-2009 01:45 AM

Very nice.

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#6 posted 10-18-2009 03:17 AM

Nicely done!

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#7 posted 10-18-2009 04:45 AM

Nice take on a Shaker classic. When I first saw the photo, I thought it was full size. Nice work.

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#8 posted 10-18-2009 08:32 AM

Nice work Joe. You’re a wizard at finding good wood for nothing.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#9 posted 10-18-2009 02:53 PM

Very nice.

As one of the other comments, they thought it was Fullsize, I to did think it looked fullsize, but i think that is because of the Camera Angle or something.

And I was thinking, Breadbox? But now that you explained it and all and I noticed the Table, It is Smaller then it Appears…

Great work, I like the Stain Job on the Poplar, as it’s difficult to get a nice even coat and all!


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