Basketweave Box w/White Roses #1: #1 Making the basketweave pieces

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Blog entry by DonSol posted 10-07-2016 11:30 PM 1103 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Basketweave Box w/White Roses series Part 2: Now for the leaves and butterfly »

About a year and a half ago I got a picture in my head of a box with basketweave, white roses and a tiger swallowtail. After a few days sketching and different ideas I came up with a design. This blog will show how I did the marquetry for this box. I did not take pictures while building the box, the marquetry was my main priority.

I wanted it to look like something that was made to be used, not fancy, utilitarian, etc. The white oak for the box frame came out of a 100+ year old barn complete with worm holes. I put these in front.

I have never done a blog before so I hope I do this right. Any and all comments are welcome, if you see something I could have done different or better please post it.

Cutting the strips for the horizontal pieces. The qood is beli awora from Africa.

This is the jig I made for cutting the pieces to length.

Checking the measurement before I start cutting.

I stack 6 strips and tape the trailing end to keep straight.

In this pic I am cutting the stack. Notice I cut an angle on the outside corner of the stop. I did this so the pieces would pivot as each one was cut through. the second piece in the stack will slide under the top piece and so on. If I cut to fast they get out of order.

Now you can see why I want them in the same order they were cut. By doing this the strip will look like one continuous piece going across the basket.

Note: I make the vertical in the same way.

In the next blog I will cover assembling the weave.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#1 posted 10-08-2016 09:06 PM

Great start Don, I’m looking forward to Part Two …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 10-09-2016 12:12 AM

Grumpymike Thank you, I just posted part 2 and I hope you like it and maybe learn something new.

When I worked days I was called Grumpy Old Man and a lot of times they had a few choice words to add to it.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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