|Project by Daniel Wise||posted 07-31-2012 07:33 PM||3416 views||8 times favorited||8 comments|
This is a picnic “basket” inspired by 19th Century Chinese meal carriers. My understanding is that each tray would hold a complete meal and each tray was unstacked and served. Long story short a pin that runs through the handle secures the top and subsequently each tray to the the base of the “basket”. Each tray is rabbited on the bottom so the trays interlock. I made a few adaptions including the cup holders (gotta be a little modern..hehe) and a change to the handle setup. All the ones I’ve seen had a handle that extended from the base over the top and connected to the the opposite side of the base. I like the idea of pulling the pin and lifting the lid straight up rather than trying to work it up a bit and then out. The construction is of some very old walnut (40-50 years old) given to me by a gentlemen that lives near by and maple. I will be replacing the wooden pin with a brass rod shortly. The carved the sides using a utility knife lol…I need to invest in some carving tools.
A special thanks to my daughter for taking all the pictures. She’s way better at it than I am.
Thanks for looking.