Waste Basket

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 12-01-2012 03:49 PM 1923 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t make a waste basket because I needed one or because I thought I could sell them. I made it because I bought a birds mouth router bit on a whim an had to try it. It allows you to make an octagon without mitre cuts. It also gives more surface area for gluing up. The wood is just pine with Red oak stain. Satin poly coating.

It’s life is now to display walking sticks. 30” tall and. 14” across.

Thanks for looking

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 12-01-2012 03:54 PM

Now that is a useful bit. I like the taper as well. Good utilitarian project.

-- Jay -

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#2 posted 12-01-2012 04:14 PM

thanks for sharing that joint with us….might have to get one of those bits : )

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#3 posted 12-01-2012 04:25 PM

There you go again making the difficult sound easy, the birds mouth bit may have made the glue joint and
octagon shape easy, but you still had to do a miter cut to get that tapered shape. I made a special taper
sled when I made a similar base for my mailbox to replace the bucket the last owner used. After you get the
taper set up the rest was easy. Good looking basket though, thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 12-01-2012 05:06 PM

Yes the taper was cut with a table saw

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-01-2012 06:18 PM

A very nice tool to have a what a unique “cut” it makes. Thanks for sharing this.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 12-01-2012 08:17 PM


-- Joel

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#7 posted 12-02-2012 01:14 AM

Good job! I need one of those bits! I didn’t know they had ‘em. Of course, here in Brazil, they don’t. I’ll have to wait until I come back to the U.S. All they have here is the basic bits. That’s it. This country is very lame. You can’t even buy nice wood here.

-- There are countless woodworking plans but have you checked out God's plan? Jeremiah 29:11

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#8 posted 12-02-2012 03:42 AM

I have several bird’s mouth bits from Lee Valley. As you say, they make a good joint with increased surface area. LV’s blurb says they used to be used in the making of ship’s masts (the joint that is, not the router bit !).

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#9 posted 12-02-2012 01:02 PM

Very useful and it looks like it belongs in a woodshop for sure.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 12-02-2012 01:04 PM

Nice waste basket ,I gotta get one of these bits and give it a try.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#11 posted 12-02-2012 02:41 PM

Very interesting! And, pretty cool as well. Nice job and thanks for an informative post—at least It was news to me as I’d never looked at a “bird’s mouth” router bit. ;-)

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 12-03-2012 12:16 AM

What a waste…..........................basket… :) Nice one Monte

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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