Craftsman Waste Baskets (& Magazine Holders)

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Project by rodneyh posted 11-26-2012 05:46 AM 2735 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished 6 of these craftsman style waste baskets. The 1st one (not in pics) was my trial run for finishing prior to assembly, and it was given to a friend. The process worked great, so I did the same with the remaining 5. One of the pics shows the parts just prior to assembly. The dimensions are approximately 13×13x14, and was sized to fit the trash cans I liked. I decided midway through the project to make 2 of them into magazine holders by simply adding in a cross member/handle.

The material is quartersawn white oak, with an oak plywood bottom. The handles on the 2 magazine holders are teak. I wanted some contrast, and I love the feel of oiled teak. For the finish I used a dye stain, (the greyish-brown one is ammonia fumed) , sealer, darker gel stain for the pores, and 3 coats of a wipe on urethane mixture (2 parts poly, 2 parts mineral spirits, 1 part tung oil). The teak got a good coat of tung oil only. One of the pics shows the lighter 2 after just the dye stain.

All of the joinery is mortise and tenon, except the bottom. Needless to say, they ended up taking a lot longer than I anticipated.

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 10:54 AM

Really nice work sir. Lots of work for a simple project! :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 11:48 AM

Looks great. How did you deal with the pegs after finish work though? I totally understand the joy of finishing the parts PRIOR to assembly though!

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 08:02 PM

Nice job on these, they really came out great. Your friend should love his!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 11-27-2012 01:26 AM

Phil – There are no pins in the mortises, just glue.

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