Bread box

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Project by hairy posted 04-25-2018 01:39 AM 1416 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been in my head for years. Every once in a while I’d think about how to do it, then forget it for a while.

It’s a bandsaw box. Magnets hold 1 slice onto the loaf, and the heel to the board. The heel must be removed to access the drawer.

The starting blank was a 5” x 5” x 10” piece of kiln dried basswood.Once I got it to look like a loaf, I cut off 2 slices on 1 end and 1 thick slice on the other,then cut the box opening.

I made a template for the magnets in the slice, basically a gasket. 1 side gets magnets, the other has steel nails about 2” deep.

I wanted the 2 slices to look symmetric, so I made a pattern . With carbon paper between the 2 halfs of the pattern, what I drew on 1 was copied to the other in the same manner. I did 3 separate drawings, using a different color on the pattern for each. It took a while.

Dremel took care of the texturing. I don’t know the real terminology. I called them bubbles and web.

I glued the back piece on, installed the magnets, then held it all together to final shape it.

And then I painted it, and painted it , and painted it a few more times. I lost count. I used black, white, 3 different browns, 2 yellows, and orange. I think. I started with dark brown, every coat after that got lighter, with some of the previous color showing through. It wasn’t really painting, more like stabbing it with a big brush with very little paint on it.

I had a scrap of a bread board from a previous project. It didn’t need much work for this project. . I finally got it out of my head. This was a fun piece for me and it taught me a few things.

BB ply and mahogany drawer. Basswood. Acrylics and Mohawk Dead Flat lacquer. 16” long x 7 ” wide x 6” tall.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 04-25-2018 02:06 AM

Ha! That’s a really cool idea! Nice job.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 04-25-2018 02:11 AM

great design, concept and execution. I’m amazed that you actually matched the pores between slices. Nice work

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#3 posted 04-25-2018 02:30 AM

That is AWESOME….Great Job. Looks like a lot of work!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 04-25-2018 02:47 AM

Brilliant, hiding in plain sight.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 04-25-2018 03:57 AM

A couple things came to mind as I viewed your loaf:
- I’ve never heard of bass bread . . . walnut or maple or apple maybe?
- It’s going to dry out if you don’t put it in a plastic bag.

All kidding aside, you did a remarkable job on making this look authentic.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 04-25-2018 06:49 AM

I just spent the last few hours going through all of your projects. You are a very talented person and you inspired me to try some new things. Thanks.

-- John D, OP, KS

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 04-25-2018 10:13 AM

Extremely cool! And excellent work on the painting – from the first picture I thought it was a loaf of bread.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#8 posted 04-25-2018 11:36 AM

Very cool idea! I used to do lots of these little recipe boxes in a loaf shape but it was pretty basic. Not near as interesting as this with the secret compartment and breadboard!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#9 posted 04-25-2018 12:42 PM

Now THIS is a bread box with some class ! Goodon’ya ! I expect you to always be a step head ! You never disappoint !
the Old Man in Havana.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#10 posted 04-25-2018 01:44 PM

i too thought now he must have made a bread board very nice trick i am loving this idea …GREAT JOB :<)) ........ GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#11 posted 04-25-2018 02:04 PM

Very cool idea! I used to do lots of these little recipe boxes in a loaf shape but it was pretty basic.

- mikeacg

That’s a great idea. I hope it doesn’t get stuck in my head. A lift lid could work well with that design.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#12 posted 04-25-2018 04:16 PM

That is just too cool! You’re gonna fool a few folks with that one….......

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#13 posted 04-25-2018 07:46 PM

You totaly fooled me! It’s incredibly realistic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 04-25-2018 11:02 PM

What a great idea and beautifully done


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#15 posted 04-26-2018 01:09 AM

Very creative – you nailed it!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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