Bread Box

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Project by Bret posted 04-21-2010 05:39 PM 3972 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.


-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#1 posted 04-21-2010 05:59 PM

Nice bread box.

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#2 posted 04-21-2010 07:16 PM

reminds me of one my grandmother used to have many years ago. Nice looking breadbox!

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#3 posted 04-21-2010 07:41 PM

gorgeous wood, & nice job on it..but I did get a silly thought..In my mind I wondered if you had big mice & needed such a strong box to keep them out!

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#4 posted 04-21-2010 10:11 PM

nice project. for home made bread every day my wife could have any thing we could afford.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#5 posted 04-22-2010 02:38 AM

Very nice bread box. It has a rustic look that I like very much. Great job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 04-22-2010 03:06 AM

very nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 04-22-2010 03:38 AM

I agree, the box looks great. I don’t see anything I’d change if I could get those results. I’m a little curious about the headache remark if you don’t mind a question. I guess when you’re down to making your own bread to avoid headaches, it’s gone pretty far. Are you concerned at all about the finish interacting with the bread?

-- Jim

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#8 posted 04-22-2010 09:53 AM

Good job! Love the grain! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 04-22-2010 10:00 PM

OutPutter, I’m on a low-tyramine diet for headaches, which excludes a number of items including fresh-baked bread. Day old is fine, but because of some of the other restrictions (and the fact that she loves baking and just needed an excuse) we’ve switched to 80% home-baked bread.

I’m working on a maple & purpleheart Wood Whisperer cutting board next….

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#10 posted 04-23-2010 07:45 PM

nice build

Thanks for posting.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#11 posted 07-18-2014 03:34 AM

Great job. I really like the design of your breadbox.

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