Introduction: Make a Pine Bread Box

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Looking for something different for your kitchen? This pine bread bin is easy to make with laminated pine shelving, and you can stain or paint the finished bread bin. The step-by-step instructions provide information on how you can make a pine bread bin with a stain / seal finish, as well as the finished bread bin shown here, with a chalk paint finish using Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte paint.

The pine bread bin has an integral slot for the pine cutting board and a holder for your knife.


Laminated pine shelving cut to:
- 2 of 218 x 240mm - sides

- 2 of 221 x 384mm - shelf / base

- 1 of 218 x 384mm - back

- 1 of 70 x 422mm - lid support

- 1 of 169 x 422mm - lid back

- 1 of 158 x 422mm - lid front

OPTIONAL: 1 of 20 x 44 x 240mm - knife holder with slot (see below)

- 1 of 232 x 380mm - cutting board

2 of 90-degree blind concealed hinges

Wood glue

Wood filler

Eureka 4 x 40mm cut screws

Choice of stain, sealer or paint to finish


Drill / Driver plus assorted bits

Corded Drill

Countersink bit

35mm Forster bit

Orbital Sander plus 120- and 240-grit sanding pads

Jigsaw and clean-cut blade

Tape measure and pencil

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Before you start, sand all the cut pieces and stain. It's easier to stain all the sections. By staining before assembly you don't have to worry about wood glue spoiling the finish.

On the sides, measure up 60mm and cut out a 19mm rebate (or the thickness of your timber).

1. Begin by gluing the shelf and base onto one side. Use the measurements above for spacing. Leave for a couple of hours.

GOOD TO KNOW: If you don't want to wait for glue to dry, use the measurements above to mark and attach the shelf / base with wood glue and screws. However, gluing beforehand makes it easier to drill pilot holes through the sides and shelf / base.

2. Repeat for the other side.

3. Attach the back in the same way as above.

4. Once the glue has set, you can drill countersunk pilot holes and drive 40mm screws into the shelf, base and back.


5. Drill holes for mounting the concealed hinges. Find instructions here for measuring, marking and drilling.

6. Secure the hinges onto the lid support and lid back with 16mm screws.

7. Glue the lid front to the underside of the lid back and leave for about an hour.

8. Drill countersunk [2] pilot holes through the lid back into the lid front. Fill these with wood filler, leave to dry and then sand smooth.


9. For the optional knife holder, use a router to cut a 4mm deep slot in the pine section. The width will be determined by the size of knife you have. The knife holder is glued onto the side of the bread bin.

GOOD TO KNOW: Check that the knife fits snugly in the cut slot.


For this bread bin, we stained with Gel Stain in Antique Oak and then rubbed the edges with a wax candle before applying Rust-Oleum Chalked paint. Two coats of chalk paint and a coat of matte sealer was applied to the
outside of the bread bin. Once the paint was dry, we lightly sanded the edges to remove the paint and reveal the wood stain below.

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