|Project by Bret||posted 04-21-2010 05:39 PM||2789 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
My wife has been baking all our bread from scratch since I started going to a headache specialist, and to thank her, I built this bread box. We were running out of bags to put the bread in and so I figured this might be a better way to store her creations.
The box itself is made from a combination of QSWO and quartersawn curly white oak. The latter wood was especially difficult to work, and I’m not as happy with the feel of this piece as I am with the way it looks. The wild grain patterns didn’t sand down evenly and even with 5 coats of wiping varnish (the last one semi-gloss) some areas just soaked up the varnish. But on the whole, I think it looks pretty good.
Where I ran out of the curly oak, I substituted plain QSWO but managed to have enough of the curly for the door, top and sides. I dyed the whole project using TransTint Antique maple dye.
I took some plans from off the Internet and modified them to include the hinge. The original called for scrollsawn letters spelling out “Bread” on the door, but I liked the look of the wood far more.
If I had it to do over, I’d have altered the plans a bit more. I’d like to hid the end grain on the sides by making the door face larger to cover them, and would have avoided nails & pins completely. I’m overall happy with the results, though. And Holley likes it, so that’s what really counts.
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