Parquetry Basket Weave Boxes - WOOD Magazine Article

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Project by Woodbridge posted 12-18-2015 06:45 PM 2202 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have made a few of these basket weave boxes that feature a parquetry basket weave pattern made from veneer.

Earlier this year I was thrilled when WOOD magazine accepted my article proposal on creating a basket weave panel that can be used to dress up your box project. The article, which appears in the current edition (Dec 2015/January 2016) provides step by step instructions on how to create the basket weave design. I made two panels for the article using cherry and black dyed veneers.

The first panel was glued (with liquid hide glue) to 1/2” plywood base and incorporated into a veneer over 1/2” plywood box. The second panel was glued to a 1/4” base and incorporated as a floating panel into a solid walnut box. I used my knock down bottle jack veneer press during the glue-up.

Since I mainly build chairs I don’t get a lot of opportunity to cut dovetails. For the walnut box I thought I would take the opportunity practice some hand cut dovetails.

Both boxes include a small sliding tray made from shop scraps.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 12-18-2015 07:39 PM

After reading the same article, I too thought this project looked intriguing but very labor intensive.

You made it work. Love the outcome and the hinges…......................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 12-18-2015 08:46 PM

Great illusion Peter. ........ or did you actually weave them???
Yeah, that good. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 12-18-2015 11:40 PM

indeed, nicely done .. and interesting motif


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#4 posted 12-19-2015 01:09 AM

Very nice box—love the basket weave!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 12-19-2015 03:25 AM

WOW , so cool I read that and thought I have to try it. Now I know who ask for help from…. Great work. Congrats!!!! You deserve it….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 12-19-2015 06:18 AM

Thanks all for the comments. Ken give it a try, its not that hard, its just like laying tiles. Fell free to give me a shout any time.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 12-19-2015 11:36 AM

Excellent box. thoroughly convincing weave.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 12-19-2015 02:28 PM

Looks good, kind of curious what you use for a topcoat? Looks like a plastic of some sort.

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#9 posted 12-19-2015 03:00 PM

Lightly sanded to 600 grit an the used used several coats of shellac.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 12-19-2015 03:06 PM

Great project Peter and congrats on getting your article published.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 12-19-2015 03:33 PM

Very nice design. Love the weave pattern.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#12 posted 12-19-2015 04:39 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 12-19-2015 04:42 PM


You Da Man! Author, master woodworker, artist. Great Job! Top Three kinda guy! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 12-22-2015 02:47 AM

Great work as always!

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