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Paul used some nice offcuts to make this bread stow and was glad that the design came together so nicely. It’s a two for one project, in that the lid lifts off to use as a nice breadboard that self locates after use. We hope you will enjoy making this one, whether you have a change of use for keeping precious jewels or your favourite tools.
Just the ticket Paul. Brilliant. I was looking for a teaching project similar to this for my home schooled group. I might just replace the screws with contrasting colour timber dowels once the glue is dry but a lovely idea. Well done and thank you so much.
If you use proper brass screws, this is a very traditional British building method used on high abuse pieces. You saw it alot on Campaign furniture. As you can see in video the screws filed flat look like brass rod.
Looks tops. I love how Paul says, ‘what about this’ and flips the board over. Fantastic.! What a nice looking design. And the filed off screws are nice too.
Now I know what I’m making for Christmas’s presents!
Thanks Paul. I can’t wait for this build. My wife has been asking me for a few years for a bread box. She will love this (and it should be ready by Christmas no less). The brass screw then filing flat looks fantastic and is clever.
Dear Ehisey, the brass screws look great but making some mahogany or sycamore dowels, depending on material for the stow would be an added taught skill. Also having worked with children for 50 years, that would be a more achievable option I feel. Thanks for the information re Campaign furniture.
I know we’ll learn soon enough, but I’m curious: what finish does Paul use here? I’m curious because it’s in the kitchen and food contact. Thanks
Looks like shellac, which is food safe
I used shellac. It’s the stuff they use for fingernail polish and coating children’s candy with to make shine happen.
Thank you both.
Very nice Paul. I’ve been inspired yet again! Have wanted to do a similar box for a while using Victorian Ash. Plenty of laminated Ash in this town! I’ve just done my whole kitchen. All laminated Alpine Ash. Stays dead flat too! They are shipping them world wide from here. Also Jarrah! I can send you some if you like. Making a box right now out of it. @awilkerson is my Instagram if you’re interested.
The log cabin effect reminds me of the wonderful Greene & Greene furniture from the USA.
Such a neat design incorporating the cutting board into the lid
May be unintended, but nice little nod to Henry and Charles Greene. It gives me an idea for a new box for my Stanley #45 and irons.
A MYSTERY ?
Paul uses round head screws……because of the shape of the head the screw would stop entering the purpose drilled hole at the underside of its round head, easy to see.
So how can the diameter of screw head still be showing……unless Paul uses a forstner bit? Without a larger hole drilled to accommodate the screw head it would surely deformed the wood around its head when screwing in?
Paul, I’m sure won’t answer this, will you Paul…….he will say to himself….”wait and see”
A simply superb project idea, one that can, as Paul says ” be scaled up or down…….I have so many oak off cuts and Christmas is looming
I thought the same about the screw head thing.
@SharpPencil, there are multiple diameter holes drilled. One to accommodate the screw head, one to take the shank of the screw and the smallest as a pilot hole for the threaded part.
I made this box a few months back and have been using it very frequently.
Unfortunately, I’ve noticed a small amount of mould buildup on the inside of the box. Apparently bread boxes need circulation to bring in fresh are and prevent mould, but not so much that it makes the bread stale.
Drilling some holes in the bottom of the box may be a simple solution, but I wanted to see if anyone else experienced a similar problem?
I made a front loading bread bin, and I put two holes in the back board at the bottom, and two holes in the front top rail, to allow for air flow. The two holes at the back have the added advantage of making the getting rid of crumbs easier (there is also a lower stretcher across the bottom that the door hinges on, that means you can’t just tip it forwards to empty the mess), it just gets tipped on to the lower back edge, then rocked on to each end of that edge so that the crumbs flow down and out the two holes.
This looks like just the right size for my first all hand tool project. I have worked a lot with red oak with power tools but after seeing all the amazing projects you have built with all kinds of wood I really want to diversify. Any suggestions on an affordable species with interesting grain suitable for a novice would be greatly appreciated. I can’t wait to get started.