Bit of a basket case...

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Project by degoose posted 09-25-2010 02:41 AM 1782 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this shelf unit a few months ago but forgot to take any Photos… well went back and got some…

This was a storage unit that utilises woven baskets… in this case, Water Hyacinth from Viet Nam…

The main timber is a favourite of mine… New Guinea Rosewood, and the joinery was made super simple with the TWC..

I just ganged all the legs together and cut each of the notches in two passes … checking that the shelves fitted…

Pocket hole joinery was how I attached the shelves into the notches… this allows breakdown and flatpacking…

All the main shelves are only web frames with the solid top being a few boards laminated…Finished with a few coats of Tung Oil Finish..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 09-25-2010 02:46 AM

That’s the strangest looking cutting board I have EVER seen! ;-)

Great work Larry! I love the idea of it being portable if needed – good thinking!



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#2 posted 09-25-2010 04:09 AM

well done larry

looks real nice

and very handy too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 09-25-2010 04:55 AM

Nice job and an excellent example of turning lemons into lemonade. For those not aware of it, the water hyacinth is a “weed” that will over run a waterway in no time if given half a chance. It’s a nuisance plant and has shown up in some north american water ways where they are having a tough time controlling it. It’s one claim to usefulness is in basketr weaving.

Sure makes nice baskets though, right Larry?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 09-25-2010 06:55 AM

Wow Larry…..with all the other stuff you got going….......when did you learn how to weave????

Cool design and useful too!!!!

-- 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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#5 posted 09-25-2010 09:55 AM

looks fantastic Larry!
master of the weave pattern ;)

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

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#6 posted 09-25-2010 10:08 AM

That’s real nice Larry, I may have to make something similar.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#7 posted 09-25-2010 11:50 AM

Great looking shelving unit. Long way from Lazy Larry’s Cutting Boards, beautifully made. Useful too. Me likey. Mikey

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

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#8 posted 09-25-2010 12:00 PM

Baskets are “in” these days, according to me wife. This looks great. Nicely done. I love the simplicity of it too.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#9 posted 09-25-2010 02:28 PM

I like this piece Larry!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 09-25-2010 04:44 PM

like the joinery i haven’t seen that before
thanks for sharing

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#11 posted 09-25-2010 06:09 PM

Nice job Larry

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

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#12 posted 09-25-2010 06:49 PM

Larry thats not a cutting board in hiding is it? LOL Great looking project friend. Hope all is well!

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

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#13 posted 09-26-2010 07:55 AM

Those baskets are great.
I have seen kids in Ivory Coast (west Africa) weaving those baskets all day long.

Thanks for bringing back those memories Larry.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 09-26-2010 10:08 AM

thats the best undercover disguise I have seen in a long time
if you don´t know you wont gess its a lazy cutting board

take care

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#15 posted 09-26-2010 02:09 PM

Larry, that’s a beautifully designed storage unit, and you did a great job on it. It’s a very creative use of those baskets and it looks great. Congratulations.

-- 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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