Rosewood Breadbox

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Project by sawdust55109 posted 12-23-2010 04:20 AM 2164 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wife says “If you want to build be something for Christmas, I’d like a new breadbox”.

Knowing what that meant my only question was “What type of wood”?
She saw me installing a Honduran Rosewood inlay on a jewelry box and said “That’s pretty. How about that?

Gulp.. “OK”

This was my first time making a tambour door. I ended up buying a male, female router bit set and it worked great.
The Honduran Rosewood was purchased rough cut and I was able to resaw about 3/8” off each slab to use for inlays and such on other projects.
I can’t tell you how difficult it was to send expensive Rosewood through the jointer and planer and see the $$$$ being sucked into the dust collector.

It seemed to pop to life after the tung oil and lacquer went on.
The handle is ebony and there is an ebony trim piece on each side at the bottom. These have the inverse shape of the handle.

I hope she likes it on Christmas day..

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 12-23-2010 04:24 AM

Now THAT is the most expensive breadbox I have EVER seen! :-)

Truly splendid – you took a huge leap of faith with your first set of tambour doors working with such an expensive and finicky wood – great job!!!!

I am CERTAIN your wife will love this!

It IS too bad you can’t reclaim all that wood that ends up in the dust collector…......sigh…......not enough glue in the world for that project.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 12-23-2010 04:28 AM

Now that is one sweet breadbox! Outstanding!

-- Darrell B.

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#3 posted 12-23-2010 05:09 AM

Wow, looks great. I’ve always wanted to do one of these. Don’t think I have the cojones to try it with such nice pieces of wood though. Very well done!

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#4 posted 12-23-2010 05:57 AM

That is a gorgeous breadbox indeed.

Unique job on the tambour too.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#5 posted 12-23-2010 06:21 AM

Nice job bro, looks beautiful.


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#6 posted 12-23-2010 06:24 AM

Wow, that puts the bar pretty high. Very very well done.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#7 posted 12-23-2010 07:42 PM

Nice work JD, I’m sure you’re wife will love it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 12-24-2010 07:12 PM

Wow! Bread just has to be better coming out of a box like that!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 12-25-2010 06:42 AM

That is one super deluxe breadbox, hope you have some bread worthy of such a box.

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#10 posted 12-30-2010 09:17 PM

Wow, there’s no way I could use rosewood for such a thing as a breadbox. I would settle with pine and stain the hell out of it instead, and keep the rosewood for musical instruments and delicate inlay work. Hope your wife realizes the incredible luck she has. Great work on the tambour dude!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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