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Blog entry by TJ65 posted 1427 days ago 4558 reads 30 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok a little while ago I posted a project that was a box that was made to look like a basket weave. It is very striking to look at if you dont know how it is made and is really easy if you have a scroll saw. A few people were interested in the making of it so here goes-

First thing first get yourself a pattern, there are a few books about making basket weave boxes. Or alternately you could make your own.

Once you have a pattern- You need two different patterns( look closely as these are 2 different but very similar patterns) to make the alternating layers. Cut suitable stock to match your patterns X 4. I stack cut mine ( one stack for one pattern one for the other) but I suppose it doesn’t matter if you want to cut them individually. It just takes heaps more time. If your wood is thicker you may have to though.

these were cut pretty thin but it depends on the style you want to achieve.

Once cut separated and sand a little to get the burrs etc off

Next alternate the layers so get the weave effect. You may want to number them so you dont get confused later when gluing.

Glue them up, often staining or oiling is sometimes better when they are apart as then you dont have to worry too much about wiping the extra glue off when gluing up as it is a tedious job when you are trying to do it between the clamps etc.
This is the finished product, no stain just two layers of poly on these two!!

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 1427 days ago

Extremely effectfull, you amaze me.
Best thoughts to you,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 1427 days ago

I love these boxes! They are really beautiful! Your cutting is so precise and it makes them really look woven. I enjoy seeing your work so much. It was a great way to start the morning!

Sheila :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 1427 days ago

Great design and visual.
Don’t have a scoll saw or I would be attemping this.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#4 posted 1427 days ago

Sweet. That looks cool.
Funny how it does not looked woven on the inside.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 1427 days ago


-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#6 posted 1427 days ago

Well thanks, TJ, for posting this. I have a scroll saw but to be honest I seldom use it. I’m more into furniture; however, I was really into wooden toys a good many years back when my children were growing up and used a scroll saw for that. Since I’ve been on LJ I’ve become more interested with all of the crafts such as what you can make with lathes, all the boxes, and the different scroll saw crafts. I won’t give up on the furniture, but I have an idea that making some of these crafts might just be a good way to unwind from a busy work day. Thanks

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 1427 days ago

I thought this was a actual woven basket. Super Cool!

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#8 posted 1427 days ago

great pix and tutorial…..thanks for sharing

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#9 posted 1427 days ago

That’s cool! Nice looking, very interesting. Thanks for the instruction…..........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 1427 days ago

Awesome Good, Beautiful idea, Very nice design after Finishing


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Mark A. DeCou

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#11 posted 1427 days ago

very interesting, thanks for sharing this.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#12 posted 1427 days ago

thats really cool! very creative :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#13 posted 1426 days ago

Great looking box. Thanks for the info.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 1426 days ago

Wonderful project and wonderfully documented.. thanks

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Mary Anne

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#15 posted 1426 days ago

Another day on LJs, another inspiration for something new to try.

You did such a good job on this basket/box, who wouldn’t be inspired to want to try? I like your blog and pictures, too. You’ve made it so easy to understand and deceptively easy looking to do.
Thank you so much!

I suppose it is about time I change out that 15 year old blade in my scroll saw anyway. LOL

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