Dough Bin Mod

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Project by Antstep posted 01-19-2011 05:44 AM 1623 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After admiring an antique dough bin in a neighbor’s home, I tried my hand at angled dovetails with some cheap pine. Not much use for a dough bin in our home, but I liked the shape and lines. I added my own design for a stand with a shelf. The bin just rests in the stand. I’d like to make another sometime with a few additional modifications. Cutting the dovetails was fun and a variation on the norm.

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 06:38 AM

Looks great! Pardon my ignorant question, but I’m curious about what a dough bin really is? I’ve seen them used as stands and tables, but what were they originally intended for? I’m asking because we are beginning to make our own bread and this sparked my attention.

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 07:21 AM

I’m at a loss for an authoritive answer Bradley. I’m working off assumptions: I think the dough was put inside the bin to rise. When it was ready, it was kneaded on the lid. That’s the way I made it anyway, with the lid a little lower than counter height. If I had to bake many loaves at a sitting, a dough bin would probably be very handy.

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 07:25 AM

Good question Bradley. I’ve seen a dough bin with a drawer also. great! job thanks!

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 12:00 PM

the piece is beautiful .. just lovely colours and shape.
This would come in handy, for sure, when making bread on a regular basis.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 05:27 PM

Sometimes, these are also called dough boxes or dough chests. Anstep is right in saying they were meant to be a warm area to let the bread rise in, undisturbed. (In thinking about this, you’d probably want to have some sort of indirect heat source nearby, or something to slightly warm the box since most doughs need to be at/a bit above 85-degress F… just a side note.)

Here are some more images of similar bins/boxes/chests... whatever you want to call them.

Norm also built one of these boxes for NYW.

Anstep, I like this project, by the way… looks pretty authenticate compared to a lot of the originals!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 01-19-2011 07:04 PM

Thanks! for posting Jonathan

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