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Blog series by stefang updated 10-28-2014 07:59 PM 8 parts 18794 reads 108 comments total

Part 1: Materials Preparation

10-14-2014 04:51 PM by stefang | 19 comments »

I have made a few of these baskets through the years and they have been very popular with friends and family members. In fact some who got one basket have asked me for a duplicate so they can have extra capacity when they are entertaining. They are very strong, but lightweight and east to pass around at the table. They are not likely to break if you drop them on the floor unless the scrollwork hits a sharp edge. I have to make two duplicates for Christmas this year, one for my DIL and the ...

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Part 2: Material Preparation (Continued)

10-15-2014 06:25 PM by stefang | 11 comments »

Yesterday the basket side blanks were prepared. Today was used to prepare the materials for the bottoms, the top rims and the bottom wrap around feet. I’ll take each item in turn to explain and show with photos how each part is prepared together with dimensions, but first a little general info just to give you a little insight into the pieces that go into the build. Angles summary The sides are angled outwards from bottom to top at 15 deg. with top and bottom edges angle...

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Part 3: Chase to the Cut

10-17-2014 07:04 PM by stefang | 10 comments »

Back to work on the project today after our thursday shopping excursion and getting a check up at the doctor (us old folks do a lot of that). After completing all the blanks for the basket components on Wednesday, I used today to get the side blanks ready for cutting and to gluing up the bottom pieces. Steps in preparing the sides for stack cutting The stacks of side blanks, 4 to each stack were carefully aligned and temporarily clamped with masking tape prior to pinning them toge...

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Part 4: Progress

10-20-2014 06:15 PM by stefang | 17 comments »

Today I finished the scrolling and got the sides ready for the bottom panels. There are a some important points that are outlined below. GETTING A GOOD CUTOnce again I am offering some advice on the cutting. Many of you will be light years ahead of me with your scrolling skills, but others, like myself, who use their scroll saws less frequently can get rusty. This advice is directed mainly to them. Cutting technique (again) I have revised my cutting technique a little since scrol...

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Part 5: Mitering the basket sides

10-21-2014 07:59 PM by stefang | 13 comments »

I had big plans for lots of progress today, but I wound up doing a lot of chauffeur work instead so I didn’t get into the shop until late afternoon. I did manage to cut the miters for the basket sides and I will cover how I did that in this episode. Compound Angled miter set-up Making an angled fence.As most of know, miter angles are usually pretty accurate with the saw set to cut 45 deg. angles with the cut being done at 90 deg. However when we tilt the saw away from 90 deg...

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Part 6: The Devil's Bow-ties

10-22-2014 01:07 PM by stefang | 11 comments »

Today I have been working on the basket bottoms. They are made from 2 pieces with a glue joint down the middle. The wood is pretty thin, about 5 mm, so I want to reinforce them with bow ties, or butterflies as some call them. These can be dispensed with if you use a panel for the bottom instead, but I think the bow ties are an attractive feature and people usually comment on them and so I think it is worth the extra time it takes to cut put them in, but only if they are functional as IMHO...

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Part 7: Sanding and gluing

10-24-2014 06:46 PM by stefang | 11 comments »

This project is almost finished. If I’m lucky the three main components of the baskets will be glued together tomorrow. Here’s what was done in preparation for that today. SandingNobody really cares about sanding. I’m just using the opportunity to brag about using my new drum sander today. The bow-ties for the bottoms were cut and glued in yesterday and I used a block plane to level them to the surface. Now it’s time for sanding and I’m using my drum sande...

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Part 8: Completing the project

10-28-2014 07:59 PM by stefang | 16 comments »

At the end of the last blog the sides and bottom had been glued up and the foot frames and top rim frames had been each glued together in preparation for gluing them onto the basket. A RECAP OF THE BASKET’S COMPONENTSThere are only four main components that make up the basket. These are; the foot frame, the top rim frame, the basket sides and the bottom piece. So four small projects make up the whole. see below YOU CAN DRAG AND DROP THE PHOTO BELOW INTO YOUR PHOTO GALLERY AND ...

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