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Project by Obi posted 12-27-2006 01:25 AM 1927 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While just trying to make some spending money and trying to find out what it was that everybody just “Had” to have I talked to my brother-in-law about some breadboxes that I’d seen on line selling for $75- $150.00 and the were painted and cheap, not to mention, in my opinion, ugly as sin, he mentioned he needed one. Well when you can’t find a market for what you’re making then change what you’re making to fit the market.

I had purchased some hickory because I didn’t know what it was and i liked the grain. This is all new to me because i’m a journeyman carpenter that has spent years working with Doug Fir. Well, needless to say after I’d done some research and played with my dovetail jig some more, i went to work on it.

I called my brother-in-law one day and as he was driving past my house to go to the big city, I told him to stop by, because I was going to let him have first option to buy. I sold it to him for a measely 50 bucks and since then he’s told me no to make him anything til AFTER he oders it.

Let’s see, so far the Mahogany pulpit, the breadbox, and mission style bench, three mission style tables and a entry hall shelf for coats and umbrellas … he’s one of my best customers.





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#1 posted 12-27-2006 01:37 AM

Michael, I think you should call your brother-in-law and tell him about those bedside tables, coffee and sofa table you’ve made for him are ready to be picked up. Oh, and don’t forget to tell him about the new entertainment unit you are working on for him.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#2 posted 12-27-2006 01:40 AM

I did that Don with a mission table it was then that he told me, “Don’t show me anything, and DON’T make me anything til I order it” He didnt have any sense of humor at all. Which is fine. I’m building a DVD Cabinet in his garage, and after that I’ll be starting on a mantel for a friend of mine. He sees everything I make because I work in his garage. I show him all the stuff he wants but can’t have. hahahaha !!!

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#3 posted 12-27-2006 02:48 AM

Michael, I should have commented on your breadbox. I love the look achieved by your choice of combining the Hickory and hardware. If gives it a real country Kitchen look. What’s the finish?

Have you considered just how much this piece would change with a change of wood and hardware? For me, it cries out for some wooden hinges and perhaps a simple wood handle/knob.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#4 posted 12-27-2006 02:56 AM

Don,
The finish is one of my favorites, because it’s simple… minerl oil

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#5 posted 12-27-2006 02:57 AM

Oh, and the reason why i used these hinges is because they were cheap and I was broke. The Knob was 79 cents.

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#6 posted 12-27-2006 02:59 AM

When I’m making something for a customer I use what they want, when I’m just making something to try to make new things, i don’t want to spend a lot of money, because I’ve learned that the first one is always going to have flaws, so most of the time they are just experiments.

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#7 posted 12-27-2006 04:06 AM

And a productive experiment it is, too. I admire your willingness to expose your creations to the market place. I suppose that’s real test of affirmation. And I suspect that many of us haven’t gone that route out of some misplaced fear of rejection.

Well done, Michael. Keep showing us your fine work.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#8 posted 12-27-2006 04:28 AM

Well my love for wood makes it a great hobby, my need to pay my bills makes me stick it right out there. That’s oneof the reasons I make the things I need or like that way if someone doesn’t want to buy them, I can keep them for myself. And since I’ve made 4 breadboxes, guess what was at the top of the list for Christmas Gifts? And if I get a really bad attitude they fit nicely … in the fireplace. So far I haven’t toasted any of my projects … yet. But my career is still early. I’ve only been doing this for less than a year with the Mahogany Pulpit being my first. Another reason why i don’t want to put a lot of money into a project til I see how it turns out. As soon as I finish the DVD Cabinet it’ll be posted.
Thanks for your input.

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#9 posted 12-27-2006 05:39 PM

The wood grain is great. The craftsmanship is very nice. Love the dovetails. What is the purpose of the top of the bread box? Your brother-in-law is a very lucky man.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 12-27-2006 05:49 PM

Os,
The top of the bread box has a little lip to store spices on, I figured I might as well make it as useful as possible. I’ve even thought about making the whole thing complete by incorporating a paper towel holder also …

by-the-way, quite a statement there

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#11 posted 01-08-2007 02:38 PM

nICE LOOKING BREADBOX OS. PEOPLE DON”T USE EM MUCH ANYMORE, BUT WE HAVE ONE, BECAUSE WE DON”T EAT MUCH BREAD AND IT GOES BAD SO QUICK. i LIKE HICKORY IF I HAD”nT DONE MY KITCHEN IN MAPLE, I’D DONE IT IN HICKORY. NICE WOOD. BUDS, MIKE

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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