Pine Breadboard

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Project by mpmitche posted 12-25-2011 05:26 PM 1808 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another breadboard I made as a Christmas present. The square pegs are made from purple heart and drawbored to hold it all together. The middlle peg is fit tight but the two sides were slotted to allow for some wood movement and hopefully not crack the project when it gets humid out again. the slash knot in the main board gave some interesting character so I kept it and shapped the end to match the profile. It was a fun project but the softness of the pine makes it difficult compared to the hardwood versions. Finish is varnish with a handrubbed wax.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 12-25-2011 06:32 PM

Very nice board!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...................Jim

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#2 posted 12-25-2011 08:47 PM

Great way to showoff the beauty of a piece of wood. Really nice gift!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#3 posted 12-25-2011 10:23 PM

Special board ….

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 06:36 PM

Now, that’s an impressive looking piece of work!

I admire both your design and your ability to accomplish a sooth finish around the slash knot and the free form indent you carved out.

I am attempting to finish a pine breadbox gift with heavily rounded edges. Currently however, I am sanding off most of the poly finish on the pine trying to correct my finishing mistakes. It’s difficult to get a smooth flow look around the knots and rounded edges without being able to work in our screened porch on a warm summer’s day. (The snow blower seems to get in the way right now.)

Usually I warm up a can of Minwax poly by setting it in a tub of hot tap water to thin it out before wiping on each coat. (The odor from thinning out the poly with mineral spirits is not welcomed in the house.)

Since the outcome of your finish approach looks so good, would you please enlighten the rest of us as to the how of it before I sand down to bare wood?

Any advise would be most welcome.

-- Barry

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#5 posted 02-02-2014 06:49 PM

Its been a while but I am sure I thinned the poly to the consistency of wiping poly and applied with a rag (in the unheated garage). For most work I would use linseed oil to thin but as this was food application probably mineral spirits. Its a slow process of thin coats and sanding to fill the grain and get a nice look. The final coat doesn’t always look perfect but I find a coat of paste wax applied with steel wool and then buffed out always significantly improves the look and feel of the project.

Its tough working without a proper heated shop as it sounds like you can imagine. I find my favorite finish is french polished shellac as it is pretty robust in that setting. For something going to see water or heavy use though I go to the poly.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#6 posted 02-07-2014 06:20 PM

Mike —- I tried the wipe on poly & paste wax approach you employed. Here are the results: (

I had been trying to brush on Minwax PolyCrylic finish, but always ended up with brush marks which took too much sanding to remove. Thanks for your response.

-- Barry

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#7 posted 02-26-2014 03:37 AM

The bread box looks great Barry. I should have been more clear on my use of the word poly. I use an oil based polyurethane. I don’t know what to say about the PolyCrylic finish I haven’t used water based finishes for any woodworking (Krylon paint it stone countertop project came out great with it though). I think the water white aspect is interesting for certain woods though and its probably worth learning.

-- Mike, Western New York

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