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Project by haskins posted 02-06-2015 03:35 AM 1701 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oak strips steamed and woven to form top. Inset into top using table saw to form the groove. The sides are cedar. Finished with tung oil. Love the way the colors fade To match the top. Son’s build.

-- father son woodworks





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Woodbridge

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#1 posted 02-06-2015 03:45 AM

great looking box. I love the woven top. That is a cool idea.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#2 posted 02-06-2015 05:06 AM

that is one wicked cool lid!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Silverhill

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#3 posted 02-06-2015 01:48 PM

Great looking box! I love the basket weave top.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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mmh

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#4 posted 02-06-2015 02:11 PM

Very nicely executed! I’m sure your son will enjoy working in the wood shop along with his Dad! I look forward to seeing his future projects!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Myk3

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#5 posted 02-06-2015 04:05 PM

Great job on the box.. The woven top is really nice.. This makes me want to make one..

-- Learning as I go..

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haskins

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#6 posted 02-06-2015 06:07 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. We’ve been trying to weave these strips that were laying in our scrap bin For a while. They were cut from something (don’t remeber what) with the bandsaw. You can see the original finish in the picture of the inside. after we made our steam box it was the first thing my son tried. Once they were weaved together it was a matter of figureing out something to do with them. These play it by ear projects are fun, especially after doing something thats more planned Out. We’re thinking it might be cool to weave some contrasting wood and maybe get a checkerboard effect In the weave.

-- father son woodworks

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Jesse

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#7 posted 02-06-2015 09:10 PM

any idea how thick the strips are? 1/8 inch maybe? The only steam bending I’ve done myself in the past was bent wood rings which you use super thin veneer strips. This looks fun though!

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haskins

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#8 posted 02-06-2015 10:33 PM

Jesse, just under 1/8 ..roughly .1inch. Air dried is better if you can find it. Anything this small could be boiled if you don’t have a steam box.

Top 3…my kid is going to be super Excited about that!

-- father son woodworks

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JohnnyB

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#9 posted 02-07-2015 05:13 AM

What is your technique for weaving the strips? It looks like it would take at least three hands and lots of patience. I would like to give it a try. Thanks.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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rtbrmb

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#10 posted 02-07-2015 05:45 AM

very creative top & I also like how the grain fades towards the bottom.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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haskins

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#11 posted 02-07-2015 07:17 PM



What is your technique for weaving the strips? It looks like it would take at least three hands and lots of patience. I would like to give it a try. Thanks.

- JohnnyB

It really wasn’t too dificult, though it does help to have an extra set of hands. the strips were longer when weaved and cut to length later. Started with the middle ones and worked outward. It holds itself together once you get it going. Once together it was sandwiched between two boards with a weight on top. After that, a touch of glue was put on the outer contact surfaces just to help keep it in place. Pulled pieces from the heat as needed so they didnt cool off before being flexed.

-- father son woodworks

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JohnnyB

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#12 posted 02-07-2015 08:33 PM

Thanks for your reply. I am thinking about trying the woven strips for a panel in a cabinet door.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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