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Walnut/Curly Maple raffle "Basket"

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Project by Mike_from_Buffalo posted 04-02-2013 03:25 PM 1204 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My girlfriend had tasked me with either buying a basket or making something to hold some items for a charity auction. Building stuff is always more fun, so I set about making a “basket”. She came up with the size she needed to fit the stuff, 16” x 12” x 10” tall. I had some curly maple and curly walnut left over from another project so I decided to use that. Problem was that I had just enough left over and I had never made a dovetail box before. Made a test box from scrap that came out pretty good. And I was very pleased with my results with the real wood. The bottom is just some 1/4” plywood that I veneered with walnut (also left over from another project). Made some handle cutouts so the winner of the basket would have an easier time taking it home. Finished it with a couple of coats of shellac. Hopefully the winner can find another use for it.

All in all it was a fun learning project that I think came out pretty good.

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."





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RaggedKerf

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#1 posted 04-02-2013 03:32 PM

VERY nice dovetails for your fist attempt. I’m jealous! That basket looks amazing. Nice job!

I am building something of walnut and maple at the moment and was thinking of using shellac as a finish. I’ve been having a hard time finding out what it might look like on the walnut/maple combo so your post is perfect timing. Did you use clear, blonde or amber shellac? I’m still veeeery new to finishing so trying to get all the info I can…thanks!

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com

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Mike_from_Buffalo

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 03:44 PM

Thanks Steve! I used a clear shellac, just the bulls eye stuff that you can get anywhere. I’m by no means good at applying finishes and I find shellac somewhat easy to use. I might be doing it wrong, but I use the cheap sponge brushes for the first 2 coats with a good sanding inbetween each coat. Then I watched a couple of videos on youtube about “french polishing”. I do that for the next two coats and call it a day. It came out super smooth. I didn’t do the french polish on the inside because of time constraints (and there is always going to be stuff on the inside). I’ve also had pretty good luck spraying shellac.

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 07:26 PM

Beautiful piece. Love the dovetails and the finish!

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#4 posted 04-02-2013 08:21 PM

excellent project, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 03:36 AM

Did you do the dovetails by hand or with a jig? Nice basket

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Mike_from_Buffalo

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 12:39 PM

I probably should have mentioned that I used the rockler jig to make the dovetails. Worked great for me. I have tried to do these by hand, but I lack the skill to make nice looking joints. I could have posted pics of those attempts on April Fools day, they would have gotten a laugh.

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 12:55 PM

Thanks for the info Mike! That helps a lot in my own preps…

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com

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#8 posted 04-05-2013 02:59 PM

I would love to win that. What a gorgeous basket! Great choice of wood. Like the contrasting colors and beautiful dovetails. Finish is amazing. Great job!

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