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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.





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Elaine

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#1 posted 1875 days ago

Beautiful concept. You’re right, it would make a great gift. How are you sealing it?

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bowyer

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#2 posted 1875 days ago

Nicely done. An excellent gift idea as well.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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woodworm

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#3 posted 1875 days ago

Very excellently done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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isetegija

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#4 posted 1875 days ago

Very well done.

Thanks for sharing with us.

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jockmike2

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#5 posted 1875 days ago

Very nice gift or just a nice scrolling. Looks like you spent some time.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 1875 days ago

I am sure a lot of work went into it. Are those bowtie inlays in the top corners? Very impressive.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 1875 days ago

It doesnt look rough to me, Very nice I really like all the scroll work.

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stefang

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#8 posted 1875 days ago

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

The scrolling went very fast because I was able to cut all four sides at the same time stacked with double sided tape to hold them together. The rest of it took some time because I was just making it up as I went along. we’ve been using it for about 4 or 5 years ago.

Elain, I just sprayed it with polyurethane. I don’t worry about using it with food because we always keep a dishtowel in it to wrap the toast in to keep it warm and otherwise to keep crumbs from falling out. The towel also makes a good background for the scroll work.

Greg Yes they are dovetails/bow-ties to reinforce the thin rim.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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CreekWoodworker

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#9 posted 1875 days ago

Felt like I had to make a comment since I’ve been looking it over for some time now. Nice work!

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 1872 days ago

The design looks Norwegian. Looks great to me. Nice little proto-type. When are you going to do the real thing? :=))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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stefang

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#11 posted 1872 days ago

Thanks Bob, I actually have plans to make more of them for some family members as Christmas presents this year.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 1872 days ago

I’ll bet they will be happy with them. Are you going to modify the proto-type or is it the final desing?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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stefang

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#13 posted 1872 days ago

Nothing I make is ever final. I haven’t ever made a duplicate of anything and I will surely make every new one at least slightly different. so it won’t be like a production item. I have been thinking about how I could improve the base and change scroll patterns, etc. I kind of like the top rim, but that part was the most difficult, so something easier but good looking could be nice. Please let me know if you have some ideas about how I might change/improve it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 1871 days ago

Chip carving around the base is about all I can think of ;-)) Seriously, I can’t think of anything. I was just wondering if you had any improvements since you said it is a prototype. Now that i think about it, I guess everything I do is a prototype. Never stop trying to improve the next piece, do we?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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stefang

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#15 posted 1871 days ago

No Bob, you’re right about that, we should always try to improve our products. The chip carving is a good idea, but will probably take more time than I want to use on these.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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