Bread Box

Marc Spagnuolo

Bread boxes are making a comeback! While they fell out of favor as consumers moved toward less healthful bread options with longer shelf lives, in 2019 people are all about FRESH healthy bread. And there's no better way to store fresh bread than in a breadbox. The box provides temperature and humidity control to keep the bread from drying out too quickly or getting moldy. Our design will be a fun exercise in through mortise and tenon joinery, sculpting curves, hinge installation, and getting creative within the confines of a relatively small package.

The Bread Box will measure approximately 16" W x 13 1/2"H x 10 1/2" D

  • 12 lessons
  • 199 min
  • $49.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Intro & Virtual Tour

    An in-depth look at the bread box design and construction.

  2. Material & Milling

    A look at the material I plan to use and the challenges I face when milling it to size.

  3. Mortises

    The mortises are carefully made using a custom template.

  4. Tenons

    The tenons are carefully cut to fit the mortises perfectly.

  5. Tenon Profiles

    The tenons receive a decorative shape.

  6. Rabbets, Bevels & Side Profiles

    Additional details are added to the box.

  7. Doors

    A discussion about wood grain, color and contrast as well as the basic construction of the doors.

  8. Copper Punch Panel

    Adding a copper punch panel to the bread box door.

  9. Hinges

    The hinges are installed into carefully-located mortises for a clean installation.

  10. Door Shaping & Pulls

    The doors get their shape and the pulls are cut and shaped.

  11. Back Panel

    The back panel is cut to size and jazzed up with some ventilation slots.

  12. Finish & Final Assembly

    Rubio Monocoat is applied and the breadbox is assembled.

What will I receive?

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction (12 videos in total) showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What will I learn?

  • Complimentary wood selection
  • Through mortise and tenon construction
  • Mortise template construction
  • Sculpting custom pulls
  • Hinge installation
  • Making copper punch panels
  • Shaping and fitting a curved door
  • Finishing with Rubio Monocoat

What will I need?

  • 7 Board Feet of 4/4 Species 1
  • 2 Board Feet of 4/4 Species 2
  • 12 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ Sheet of 1/4″ Plywood Species 1
  •  Bell Forest Lumber Kits are available here (Guild members get 10% off with code found here).
  • 4 Hinges such as Brusso CB-302
  • 2 – 1/4″ rare earth magnets
  • Table Saw, Jointer & Planer (if not using pre-milled stock), Router, Miter Gauge or Table Saw Sled, Bandsaw or Jigsaw
  • Dado Stack
  • 3/8” Spiral Bit
  • 1/2” Guide Bushing
  • Copper Panel


This was a great project and I had a lot of fun building this one! The instructions were very detailed every step of the way, from wood selection to joinery to making the copper punch inlay. My wife loves this beautiful bread box!

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About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of Hybrid Woodworking and Essential Joinery. He has contributed articles and video content to, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also one of the hosts of the Wood Talk podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as at various Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.