CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS #1: Materials Preparation

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...

CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS #2: Preparation of Materials (continued)

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...

CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS #3: Chase to the cut

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...

CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS #4: Progress

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 CUT Once again I am offering some advice on the cutting. Many of you will...

CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS #5: Mitering the basket sides

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...

CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS #6: The Devil's Bow-ties

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...

CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS #7: Sanding and Gluing

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. Sanding Nobody really cares about sanding. I’m just using the...

CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS #8: Completing the project

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 COMPONENTS There...