Decorative Wood Experiments #1: Basket Weave using plywood edging

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Blog entry by bobkberg posted 03-08-2015 02:01 AM 1879 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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1 coat of Sanding Sealer
2 coats of Sanding Sealer

I should have written a blog on this with the plywood samples, but – Oh Well!

This is a basket-weave effect using edge-cut strips of 1/2” Baltic birch plywood. The background is poplar, chosen specifically for its green tint for contrast. I think the lines made by the plywood layers adds to the “interruptions” where one strip appears to go under the other. It’s a stronger pattern than just straight grain wood.

Step 1 was cut the dados for the basket-weave pattern. To get an idea of what the spacing could be like, there are two different spacing dimensions used. This actually gives 3 patterns – narrow X narrow, narrow X wide, and wide X wide.

Step 2 took the most time – measuring and fitting in the thin (1/8” thick) edge cut strips into the basket weave pattern. I found that I cannot reliably cut strips much thinner than that without damage to them on the table saw.

Step 3 was to take the strips back out, keeping them laid out in the basket-weave pattern, and then brush glue into the dados, and back of the strips and press them into place.

Step 4 Sanding the glued plywood down to match the surface of the poplar. Then I went a trifle further to make sure that everything was smooth and flat.

Step 5 Blow out all the dust and fill any cracks and crevices with putty, then let dry. Then sand again – this time to a finish level 150 grit.

Step 6 Two coats of poly sanding sealer, rubbed down in between.

My wife asked what it was for – so I told her, it was practice before I try this on a project I care about. Producing prototypes/examples of anything I consider possibly tricky has allowed for many “learning experiences” with minimal pain on the actual intended project. As I told her – “We can always use another trivet”

If anyone has other decorative ideas by using something a little unconventional – Post It!!

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 12:38 PM

I really like this…interesting

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 02:47 PM

this is what i love about this site
always learning and people always willing to teach.
I usually make prototype projects that I don’t want to screw up.
makes doing the final one more successful.

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

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 05:58 PM

Hi Bruce! I agree 100% about the prototyping or technique testing. I keep small samples of my experiments as a sort of decoration in my shop to remind me of what went into a particular thing.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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