Bread Stow: Episode 5

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The very closing elements that ensure a successful look to the bread stow are included in this concluding episode. Paul gives out a trade secret or two as he cuts and fits the retaining strips with mitres at the corners. He also fits the lid support strips. Following this, Paul starts the fitting of the lid and the creation of the pintels used as the hinging system. It’s a carefully orchestrated method of developing the often ignored components, shaping and fitting at this highly critical juncture in any project. Applying a safe finish gives the project its final lustre and Paul shows how to apply shellac with a 1″ brush.

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  1. tas on 6 November 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks Paul!

  2. Bill Hall on 6 November 2019 at 3:46 pm

    At the very end when Paul lifted the cover it appeared shiny on the underside like he used shellac / paste wax on the cutting board side of the top. Did he?

    Considering he left the rest of the inside unfinished, I would have thought the cutting board side of the top would have been left unfinished as well or maybe rubbed with some sort of vegetable oil instead.

    • Izzy Berger on 11 November 2019 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Bill,

      Paul says:
      I did use shellac on the chopping board because it’s food safe and it looked neater. I didn’t finish the inside of the box as I didn’t feel I needed to.

      Kind Regards,

  3. David Marienau on 6 November 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Great project, Lots of neat tricks.

  4. Michael Michalofsky on 7 November 2019 at 11:28 am

    Thanks for the card
    The drawing of manual sawing was amazing
    I see in the shirt a profile of a face
    As to the bread stow
    Which I am making to stow dog food on the kitchen counter
    I get the feeling the box bottom doesn’t need glued supports from the top
    The pressure from the weight of the bread (or dog food) will easily keep it in place
    Actually on second thought it shouldn’t be glued from the bottom either
    The box bottom should be able to be removed to make it
    Easier to clean bread crumbs
    I think there is more potential pressure on top supports
    And perhaps those should have small brass screws added
    For additional support
    Again just my two cents

  5. Charles Matteson on 13 November 2019 at 4:49 pm

    How did the Mrs. like it?

  6. bilya on 30 November 2019 at 7:36 am

    Could you please give us the reference number of your two Bahco files? I suspect that the finer one is the bastard cut one you recommend on commonwoodworking (4-138-10-1-2)? I’m struggling to find a decent coarser file.

    • Izzy Berger on 3 December 2019 at 10:26 am


      Yes, all the ones Paul recommends are in the Common Woodworking guide which can be found here.

      Kind Regards,

      • bilya on 5 December 2019 at 11:23 am

        Izzy, many thanks for replying. The link you give though is for saw files. General cutting files, as used in this project, are covered on a different Common Woodworking guide page, which I have also read carefully. While that page mentions both coarser (second cut) and finer (bastard cut) files, it only gives the reference to the finer Bahco file. In this project, Paul uses both, and in particular, a coarser Bahco file which has a safe edge. I have struggled to find this, and was hoping that you could share the reference number of that file.

        • Izzy Berger on 10 December 2019 at 11:46 am


          Ah yes sorry, I misread your question!

          Paul says:

          I wouldn’t say it is necessary to get this one, I anticipate that my audience will start to experiment with different files as you grow. This file in particular I wouldn’t offer as a recommendation, one file is just fine.

          Kind Regards,

  7. Bryan Donovan on 19 November 2020 at 7:08 pm

    “This is the scary part”… “This is the point of no return”… And what do I do? I cut the board too short :). No big deal though — it will make a nice cutting board on its own.

  8. James Cawdell on 10 May 2021 at 5:04 pm

    What a great project, thank you so much! I am really looking forward to making this for a friend of mine.

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