Basketweave Box w/Roses #1: Part 2 Assembling the basketweave

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Blog entry by DonSol posted 10-09-2016 12:04 AM 1864 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had never done a basketweave before so this is the process I came up with. At first it was one of those trial and error things, I’m sure we have all done this.

I covered the inside and outside so I had to have 10 panels. A time consuming process, but I would do it again.

In this picture I am shading both ends of the pieces. I do enough to make 2 or 3 rows. I put 5 or 6 pieces in and by the time I get the last one in the sand the first one is ready to be turned or taken out.

Here I dip the ends onto a wet sponge to replace the moisture removed in the shading process.

This is a picture of the setup I used. I used the contractors square because I didn’t trust my eyes to keep everything lined up and square.

The first row of many is glued up. You only put glue on one end on the first row as you go across and make your strips longer than needed.

I am almost there on the first panel. After the first row put glue on one end and the bottom of each piecebthat will be glued to the preceding row. To start the second row cut a horizontal piece in half.

One panel done and 9 more to go. I was amazed how the pieces actually looked like they go over and under each other.

When all the panels were done I roughed up 1/8” hardboard with 100 grit sandpaper and glued the panels to them. Except the panels for the top because that is where the marquetry was going to be.

In part 3 I will show using the window method to do the marquetry on the roses and maybe the butterfly.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 10-09-2016 05:47 AM

Nice demonstration.
Looking forward to the next installment

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#2 posted 10-09-2016 06:58 AM

Super nice,the shadows in this process looks very good.We waiting the final product.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#3 posted 10-09-2016 12:03 PM

An incredible process, and wow, lotsa fine work

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#4 posted 10-09-2016 03:19 PM

nicely done.
please explain the shading process.
I am not aware of the procedure?

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#5 posted 10-09-2016 04:17 PM

Good shading Don. Interesting assembly method as well. There are many “right” ways to get these things done and your results show this is obviously one.
Very good illusion.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 10-09-2016 07:30 PM

Bruce I have a hotplate, small cast iron skillet with about an inch of white sand in it. Heat up the sand and place the edge of the part you want shaded in the sand for a few seconds. I will try a few times with scrap to estimate the time it takes. It will vary on the different types of wood. Shipwright (Paul Miller) has a good blog on sand shading using a spoon and this is the way I do my shading now. Unless I have a lot of pieces to shade like the pieces for the weave.

On curved pieces especially the inside curve I will use the spoon and pour the hot sand onto the edge to get the shading.

I hope this explains the process, if you have any more questions just post it and I will try to explain.

Paul This is the way I used to shade everything but now I use the method you demonstrated in your blog and I like it better, thank you.

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

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#7 posted 10-09-2016 08:18 PM

You are doing a nice job on this project. It really looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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