Breadbox of Birds eye Pine

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Project by Blackbear posted 01-31-2013 05:55 PM 9002 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some birds eye pine that I found at a local box store for about a year, not knowing what to do with it. My wife kept mentioning she wanted a bread box, and one day I finally got rid of my mental block and started building it. I liked how the birds eyes looked a little like grains in bread. The design is pretty simple from some free plans off the internet.

If I was to do it again, I would either use a hardwood or more complex joinery to help keep the pine flat. As it was, the pine moved quite a bit and made the project more painful than it should have been. You can see I added a “z” strip to the back of the door to try and keep it flat. It probably should have had breadboard ends or something. I also wanted to try a new finish so I tried laquer. While the finish ultimately came out OK, I had some trouble with runs that needed to be sanded out.

Joinery is dowels and biscuits, the wood burning on the front was done from a local guy with a laser engraver.

Flaws aside, the wife is happy with it and it was my first experience building from someone else’s plans.

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#1 posted 01-31-2013 07:02 PM

I’ve never seen birds eye pine before, it looks really nice and I love the wood burning on the front. An altogether nicely done and good looking project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-31-2013 07:08 PM

Love the work on this

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 01-31-2013 07:11 PM

A fine looking bread box,I really like the design and the laser engraving.
Forgave the observation but, two battens would have been fine .The thing you have to be careful about is to build so you allow for wood movement ,if you screw or glue your battens down tight you lightly to end up with a cracked door. If you used two battens all you would do is make oversize holes on the battens screw them down so the wood
can move.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 01-31-2013 07:17 PM


That is great advice thank you. I’m still learning the ropes. Maybe I’ll try and remove the middle piece and use elongated holes like you suggest. I would hate to have the wood burning crack.

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#5 posted 01-31-2013 07:20 PM

Glad to help, I’d hate to see nice work like that crack too. Keep up the nice work.
even when wood is sealed on both sides wood still takes on a lets off moisture because it’s a hygroscopic material.
The smaller the size of the wood is across the grain the less the movement is.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 01-31-2013 07:26 PM

Nice project and I love the B.E. Pine. I’ve handled a lot of it over the years , and wish I had some now : )
Odd that you were still getting a lot of movement in the wood after a year in your shop.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 01-31-2013 10:27 PM

That is incredible and wonderful box!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 12:35 AM

Well done… Should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 02-01-2013 01:35 AM

That is very nice. I like the idea of the profiling on the top and base. It makes it look more like a piece of furniture. You did a great job.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#10 posted 02-01-2013 02:19 AM

Great project. I am always on the lookout for some birdseye pine but it is pretty scarce around my area. Jim has a great idea to fix your movement problem. Don’t you just love this site and all the free help?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 02-01-2013 03:27 AM

Boy does this take me back….when I started woodworking about 500 years ago (it seems) one of the first things I did was make a ton of these bread boxes…without the laser of course. All I had was pine and dark walnut stain…If I remember correctly, instead of laser, I cut a oval and added a piece of glass. Great Project.. I’m sure mine did not look 1/2 as good as yours

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#12 posted 02-01-2013 05:04 PM

Fantastic bread box! A great addition to any kitchen. Like the wood and the wood burning touch.


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