Chinquapin Bread Box

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Project by Arookar posted 04-26-2013 12:44 AM 1636 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My husband requested a breadbox one day. I have never owned one, but thought it made a good project for this semester. After looking at a million pictures I decided on this design as there were several learning elements included. all 3/8” chinquapin with brass hinges, box joints. Made the decorative dental molding out of chinquapin as well. My teacher informed me that typically the molding is made first, and the size of the box is decided upon after- so that the corner miters on the molding can meet perfectly. This is something I would have totally blown without an experienced instructor to guide me.
Finish is Danish oil, wipe-on poly and then wax. intended to have the box joints protrude in the greene & greene style but the wood conspired against that idea. Did get some proud tenons on top, though. I always try to leave the knots and defects in if I can safely do so. chinquapin is beautiful but really brittle.

-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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#1 posted 04-26-2013 01:37 AM

Beautiful bread box. I really like the grain and natural look of it. Very nice.

-- The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up. Jean Cocteau

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#2 posted 04-26-2013 11:45 AM

Arookar, this is an interesting design. The dental molding at the bottom seems a bit heavy, but the basic design is practical. It is much like this mini-desk, but with a different purpose and angles. You did an excellent job on the finish and the wood is lovely. You feature the Green and Green look in several of your projects, and it was put to good use here.

What the heck is a DH?

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 04-26-2013 02:37 PM

Thanks, Danny.
Big Al- i wanted to add the molding to learn how to make it…one of the chores I put for myself this semester. The design is very similar to the lap desk….but I could not use a piano hinge because all parts are only 3/8” thick and I could not find a small enough piano hinge to fit that thickness. i had to use a hinge that attached on the face…and I think the look is acceptable even though I would have preferred a hidden hinge.
I do like many elements of design that Greene & Greene embrace and I utilize them often when I’m able.
DH is “internet speak” for “Dear Husband” ;)

-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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#4 posted 04-26-2013 03:59 PM

This is really nice. It really stands out.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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