5 more Cherry Baskets with Ash steam bent handles

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Project by DaleMaley posted 01-26-2017 04:38 PM 3768 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After I made my 1st cherry basket with this ash steam bent handle, I decided to make 5 more as Christmas 2017 family gifts.

I steam bent 5 more handles with 0% scrap :)

As you can see in the picture above, the 5 handles are very repeatable in size and shape.

I stayed with red padauk for the 3/8×3/8” accent pieces. You could use yellow-heart of purple-heart as well.

Last year, I made a bunch of David Wakefield’s animated pull toys from Cherry wood. He uses Mineral Oil as his finish. I tried it on those cherry toys, and it really comes out pretty nice. So I used mineral oil on these 5 baskets.

The lowest cost source of mineral oil turned out to be our local Farm & Fleet store in Bloomington… the Animal section, not the paint section. It is commonly used as a laxative for cows:)

I will now leave them in our sun room until Christmas. They should develop a beautiful red-brown finish after being exposed to the sunlight.

You can read about my Trials & Tribulations at my woodworking web site.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 01-26-2017 04:44 PM

Question for you: did the mineral oil turn out to be a rugged enough finish?

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#2 posted 01-26-2017 04:51 PM

After the pull-toys I made using David Wakefield’s design were dipped a couple of times in mineral oil, they dried for a couple of months…........then I let my grandson play with them. Of course he banged them into other wood toys and stuff. He didn’t make any noticeable marks on the mineral finish. David says he uses mineral oil because it is non-toxic and the cherry looks nice with it.

I think for an application like toys, or the baskets, it should be fine. You don’t have to worry about setting glasses on them and making water spots… which case I use 3 rounds of 220 grit sanding and polyurethane.


Question for you: did the mineral oil turn out to be a rugged enough finish?

- JohnInBrooklyn

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#3 posted 01-26-2017 06:09 PM

Very attractive and a neat project.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 01-27-2017 06:07 PM

Beautiful set, nice work on bent handles! The corner joinery is pretty cool and interesting too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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