Basket Lids

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Project by MolokMot posted 09-04-2012 03:18 PM 1000 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Warning: This is my first real… project incorporating the table saw, bandsaw, and router.

This project was for my MiL(Mother In Law). She is a tole painter and teaches classes. She asked me to create a basket lid for one of her classes. As you can see from the pictures, she is quite an accomplished painter. The painted lid above was the original I based the project on.

Material: 3/8” X 24 X 30 BB Plywood (Wood Craft)
Dimensions: 9.5×13
Numbers: 1 Template, 6 Basket Lids

There is a rabbet cut on the bottom which holds the lid in place while on top of the basket and spaces cut out for the handles to be raised while the lid is on.

  1. Cut out 7 9.5×13 blanks
  2. Make a full size template w/o the handles cut out
    • Trace Original onto blank
    • Cut corners round on BandSaw
    • Sand with OSS to final shape
  3. Flush Trim All Blanks
  4. Cut Rabbet in bottom with rabbeting bit
    • Note: Cutting the rabbet prior to cutting the handles allows the rabbet to follow the shape of the outside of the lid with rounded corners.
  5. Cut out handles on template
    • Trace Original handles onto blank
    • Cut handles on BandSaw
    • Sand with OSS to final shape
  6. Flush trim the handles into all the blanks
  7. Sand with RoS (150 grit)
  8. Hand Sand / Fix any routing issues etc.
  9. Sand with RoS (220 grit)

There is no finish applied as the lids will be painted by my MiL’s Students.

Lessons Learned: Always measure, even if someone gives you the measurements ahead of time. I found that the original was created by nailing a 1/4” plywood to another piece of 1/2” Ply. One would think that that would even out in the measurements, but it turns out the original top was a bit thicker then I was originally told. All in all the project was not difficult, but allowed me to put the new router table through its paces and really learn some basic techniques.

Firsts in this project:
  • Using a router table (Recently mounted into my table saw)
  • Flush trim bits / template
  • Rabbeting bit
  • Batch production
  • BB Plywood
  • Commissioned Project

-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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#1 posted 09-04-2012 09:57 PM

Nicely done! Great clean edges.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 09-05-2012 06:51 PM

Thanks Mark! Much appreciated.

-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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