Bread Stow

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    William Allen

    This is my first ever project of this nature.
    First time ever using oak in anything.

    This is my bread box inspired by Paul’s Bread Stow. It is made from the Oak and Alder(long side). It has a Douglas Fir Cutting Board lid that is fitted. I always use a cutting board when making sandwiches, so I didn’t put any hinges on, that way it is easy to put the cutting board on the counter.

    I had a problem with the oak. Everything I went to plane it, it split longitudinally. It wasn’t downward pressure that was splitting, but even moderate longitudinal pressure split it. The end pictured here has three repaired splits. I ended up sanding it smooth instead of planing it to a fine finish. I did go over after sanding with a cabinet scraper. It is finished in Pine Varnish. This is just after applying the first coat.

    Any thoughts on the oak would be greatly appreciated.

    Debra J

    Nice box! I just saw the peoject tonight (been off wwmc a bit) and wondered how useful a bread stow would be. I’ve never used one.

    Regarding the oak splitting issue, I’m thinking your planing technique might have caused it. I see you used a lovely wide oak board for this and oak splits readily. That’s why we prefer it for furniture — easy to rough-out stock. So if you are planing against the grain, you risk digging in and splitting wood. This especially if your plane is not sharp enough or set too deep.

    - Debra J

    Andrew Sinclair

    Nice one, lovely timber.

    Wonder if the wood was overly dry and thus more prone to splitting. Either due to kiln drying or leaving in the sun or something.

    William Allen

    Thanks kindly.
    It may have been the plane a bit dull, or just trying to take too much of a cut. That was my first time using oak.

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