Bread Baskets and a Unique? Spray booth

  • Advertise with us
Project by stefang posted 12-17-2009 09:27 PM 3284 views 0 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Bread Baskets and a Unique? Spray booth
Bread Baskets and a Unique? Spray booth No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
Zoom Pictures

I made these breadbaskets for my Daughter-in-Law, Her mom and my youngest son’s finance’. These aren’t the only gifts they are getting from us, so I’m not too worried about whether or not they will like them, but I sure hope they will.

These are made out of pretty good quality pine. No knots and very little sap. Frankly I chose this wood because I can buy it already planed for use. I did have to resaw it and plane the sawn sides to get the 7mm thickness ( a little over 1/4”). The original thickness was 20mm (a little over 3/4”). The board width was 120mm (about 5”) I used 7 ft. of this to make all 3 boxes including the bottoms. All the pieces for each side including the side, the rim and the foot come from one resawn piece. All of the parts are the same thickness.

Each basket consists of 22 pieces. All of these pieces except the bow ties and the center glue line joints on the bottoms have an edge angle of 15 degrees and the sides are cut with compound angles to achieve the 45 degree miter joint and the 15 degree tilt. The bow ties on the rim corners insure that the miter joints on the rims and on the sides stay tight. The bow ties on the thin bottoms keep the center glue joints together. The bottom outside edges are angled as are the grooves they sit in. One major criteria for the baskets was that they should be light weight because they will be passed around a lot at meals. Each weighs about 12 ounces.Below are a bunch detail photos. I finished with 3 coats of spray lacquer and sanded between coats.

the last two photos show my solution for a small shop spray booth. It is actually the dust hood I built for my miter saw. I figured it could catch spray just as well as dust. If I was spraying paint I would line it with paper or plastic sheeting. Thanks for looking. I hope you like it.







-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

36 comments so far

View lumberdustjohn's profile


1263 posts in 4446 days

#1 posted 12-17-2009 09:36 PM

Very beautiful Gift.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

View degoose's profile


7285 posts in 4634 days

#2 posted 12-17-2009 09:37 PM

Very neat… I like the use of the saw dust hood for the spray booth…

-- Be safe.

View patron's profile


13722 posts in 4621 days

#3 posted 12-17-2009 09:38 PM

these are beautiful , mike !

the ladies will surely be pleased ,
and have a treasure for the ages .

’ nothin’ says lovin’ like somthin’ from the oven ‘

and mike stefang says it right !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View OhValleyWoodandWool's profile


970 posts in 4400 days

#4 posted 12-17-2009 10:04 PM

Very nice baskets and the small booth is great. Do you use a fan for air handleing?

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

View jockmike2's profile


10635 posts in 5526 days

#5 posted 12-17-2009 10:17 PM

Beautiful baskets Mike, Looks like a whole lot of work went into those. A lot of intricate cuts made. Gorgeous.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2718 posts in 4566 days

#6 posted 12-17-2009 11:31 PM

Nice job Mike. I’ll bet someone will be proud of those, you obviously put a lot of hours in them

Thanks for sharing


View stefang's profile


17040 posts in 4614 days

#7 posted 12-18-2009 12:30 AM

Thanks a lot for the nice comments guys. I wish they were made out of nicer wood, but I just didn’t have time to dimension hardwood planks this time. OhvlyArtisan: No fan blowing or sucking. I’ve been spraying with aerosol cans so I didn’t feel the need for major exhaust equipment. I did use my facemask which has fume filters.I had quite a problem with the drying though as it was wet weather earlier this week. Yesterday I remembered that we had a high capacity dehumidifier that we don’t really use anymore. I took that out to the shop and that really sped up the drying. I’m just going to keep it there and use it when I do finishing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View sras's profile


6424 posts in 4409 days

#8 posted 12-18-2009 01:39 AM

Very pretty. I’m sure they will be appreciated.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View cabinetmaster's profile


10873 posts in 4838 days

#9 posted 12-18-2009 01:43 AM

Very nice baskets. I had a spray booth like that at one time too. Works great for small projects.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

4275 posts in 4444 days

#10 posted 12-18-2009 02:11 AM

Pretty neat Mike. Sure to be useful, not just sit on the shelf. There’s a lot to be said for smaller projects, especially for gifts. Will keep that type of thing in mind.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View stefang's profile


17040 posts in 4614 days

#11 posted 12-18-2009 02:18 AM

Thanks fellas. The funny part about this is that my son and DIL just remodeled their home last year. They styled it very modern which seems to be the trend here for the time being. My DIL likes frilly stuff, but my son isn’t too fond of it, so I’m not sure how he will react to this gift. But I’m giving it to the DIL so I’m afraid he will be stuck with it and have to look at it every day for an indefinite period. When I made something similar for my wife and I a few years ago he made the comment that it looked like a ceiling mounted lampshade to him. I’m not a vengeful person, but I do see the irony in this situation. He is an art director in an ad agency so he knows a lot more about design than I ever will, but I think it will do him some good to be exposed to more traditional designs too. Don’t you agree?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View toyguy's profile


1769 posts in 5117 days

#12 posted 12-18-2009 04:00 AM

Those are some nice boxes…........ baskets. They will love em’.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

View tomd's profile


2222 posts in 5050 days

#13 posted 12-18-2009 05:10 AM

Very nice project, good design, they will certainly enjoy them.

-- Tom D

View jim1953's profile


2744 posts in 5122 days

#14 posted 12-18-2009 05:17 AM

Great Lookin Bread Baskets But Where is the Bread

-- Jim, Kentucky

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


22783 posts in 4956 days

#15 posted 12-18-2009 05:42 AM

Nice work Mike. I’m sure they wil like them and use ‘em.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

showing 1 through 15 of 36 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics