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Roll top bread box

Roll top bread box

I decided to design and make a bread box for our kitchen – with a roll top lid. Most of all just to try to make such a lid and to see if I could make it work.

I made it from 18mm pine and here is the result:

Roll top bread box

Roll top bread box

Roll top bread box - open

Roll top bread box – opened.

The drawing of all the pieces and the dxf-files for the larger pieces can be downloaded from my woodworking plans page. I apologize in advance for my poor drawing skills but I hope you’ll find it useful anyway. πŸ™‚

All the big pieces were milled on my ShapeOko 2 using the dxf-files included above. The small pieces for the roll top were all created from a 18mm piece of pine. First I rounded both the upper and lower edge on one side of the wood using a router table. Then I cut the rounded strip off the rest of the wood (about 15mm wide) and used my plain to plain them down to 10mm thickness. Then repeat the process to make the next piece.

I tried to illustrate the process below:


Making the strips for the roll top lid from one piece of wood.

The groove in both ends needs to be as smooth as possible to make the roll top lid work nice and smoothly. I ended up gluing two strips of plastic onto the sides of the groove which works just fine.



Box joint jig – part 2

If you missed part 1 please find it here.

My box joint jig prototype

As mentioned in part one I’ve decided to make an Arduino driven box joint jig for my table saw and as part of that I mentioned that I’ve made a prototype box joint jig. I this post I’ll show you some photos of my prototype and my first box joint made using the jig. πŸ™‚

First things first: Here are some photos of my prototype:

Box joint jig prototype

Box joint jig prototype

Box joint jig prototype closeup

Box joint jig prototype closeup

Basically it’s just two boxes of different sizes – on inside the other. The inner box is mounted on two drawer sliders and is moved back and forth by a 8 millimeter treaded rod with a handle. The treaded rod is mounted using two ball bearings (ball bearings for roller blades fits perfectly) and a homemade handle is mounted on one end. One turn of the handle will move the inner box 1.25 millimeters (which is the lead of the rod).

On the bottom of the outer box I’ve mounted two pieces of wood that fits into the grooves on the table saw to keep everything aligned.

Even if it’s a rather crude prototype it makes box joints rather nicely:

Box joint made with the prototype

Box joint made with the prototype

In time, when my Arduino project is finished, the stepper motor will of course replace the handle and the electronics be mounted in a box but as a proof of concept I don’t think it’s that bad. πŸ™‚

I’m still debating with myself weather it should be a jig for the table saw or a jig for my router table since my table saw isn’t that good. Both ideas have good and bad sides…


Wooden clock – part 2

If you missed part 1 please find it here.


For the frame of the clock I decided to use a dark hardwood so it would be a contrast to the gears made from birch plywood. I decided to use Itaube, an oil rich type of hardwood from Brazil with a nice reddish brown (sometimes almost orange) color. Most of all I chose that kind of wood because it was the nicest dark wood my local timber yard had in store. πŸ™‚

In Denmark Itaube is mostly used for making terraces because of its durability so the board I bought at the timber yard had grooves on one side (which didn’t suit my purpose very well). What to do? I went to our local carpenter who was kind enough to run it through his planer for me to get rid of the grooves. The board was now just 16 millimeters thick but much nicer than I could have made it myself using a hand held planer. The funny thing is: When you sand Itaube it turns a kind of gray but after a couple of days the reddish brown color comes back (I don’t know why but I guess it has something to do with the oil content).

The backside of the frame looks like an inverted cross with cutouts on both the vertical and horizontal board so the assembled frame has the same thickness as the individual board (that kind of joins probably have a name which I’m not aware of). I made the cutouts using my router table and a hand saw (see photo number 2). On the last photo all the pieces are ready for assembly. I chose to use both dowels and glue for assembling the frame to make it stronger.

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Β Holes for the axles and a first test

The first photo shows the finished frame (assembled but not glued) and all the gears. I chose to drill all the holes in the front and the back at the same time – and one pair at a time! Since my gears are handmade inaccuracies can’t be avoided, so I drilled one pair of holes and used the gears to find the placement of the next pair of holes (see photo number 2).

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