|Project by kdc68||posted 03-09-2014 01:06 PM||8070 views||30 times favorited||21 comments|
When I made and posted a basket weave a few months ago it was not only very popular here but also among my family and friends. My intent was to make only one for a dear friend for a Christmas gift, but ended up making many more for Christmas gifts.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/90231 Here is the project link for that basket weave board I made and posted here. This one and the others I made as Christmas gifts were all made the same. All made from maple, walnut, and cherry.
With the board I am posting today I wanted it to be different. I wanted it to be bolder with the color contrast and wanted slight changes in the weave pattern from the ones I made before. This board is made from purple heart and hard white maple. I chose to use the purple heart in the weave pattern and the maple as the background and I added additional strips in the weave pattern which I think really enhance the contrast even more.
The finish is food grade mineral oil. The feet are from Home Depot and I used #8×1/2” stainless panhead screws and not the screws that came with. The overall size is 7/8” x 10-1/2” x 16-1/2”. The maple blocks are 7/8” x 1-1/2” x 1-1/2”. The weave blocks are 7/8” x 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” and 7/8” x 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” overall. To achieve the 1-1/2” width in the weave blocks, I used 2 maple and 2 purple heart strips that are 3/16” each and the purple heart centers are 3/4”.
These are fun to build. But require careful set up and accuracy. With all the boards I’ve built so far I mill a test piece as I mill the work pieces. That assures me that everything is same 1-1/2” width. I use the test piece to dial in the exact length of cuts. Any discrepancy will result in gaps in the weave pattern. I also figure in enough material so I can make extra pieces to pick and choose from for the best grain match. I use a jig lined with wax paper that seems to work well for assembly. It keeps everything flat and square. I glue all 47 pieces at once so I number each in order to avoid confusion in a short window of assembly time.
This board is for my mother’s upcoming birthday. She really liked the one’s I made before and “hinted” that she would like one in her kitchen.
I must again give out credit to these fellow Lumberjocks. They are all very skilled craftsman whom shared their talents with us and inspired me to tackle crafting these boards myself.
-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once