|Project by stefang||posted 05-23-2009 12:20 PM||2003 views||5 times favorited||25 comments|
We usually use a bread basket to keep our toast warm at breakfast time or to just serve a few slices of bread for lunch. In the past we have always used woven baskets. They are nice when new, but soon get worn out. Being tired of replacing the woven baskets I decided to try to make a basket out of wood (birch). This one was meant to be a prototype. I designed it as it was being constructed. It’s been in use for quite a while now and despite it’s light weight and being banged around a little, it has held up very well. For me it was important that the basket be very lightweight (about like a woven basket) and be able to fit into a kitchen drawer when not in use.
The sides are about 1/4” thick. These were stacked and scroll sawed according to my own pattern. Afterward, the sides were cut at a compound angle to give a 15degree tilt, as was the foot piece which was assembled upside down in relation to the sides. The bottom is held in a shallow groove in the sides. The top rim edges are angled the same as the sides, both inside and outside.
This prototype is kinda rough, but I thought it might be fun to get your reaction to the concept. I think it would make a great little gift item for a friend or family member. The scroll sawn design can be traditional, modern or personalized, so it’s pretty flexible. It’s probably not original, but I haven’t seen one like it before. Hope you like it.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.