Yesterday the basket side blanks were prepared. Today was used to prepare the materials for the bottoms, the top rims and the bottom wrap around feet.
I’ll take each item in turn to explain and show with photos how each part is prepared together with dimensions, but first a little general info just to give you a little insight into the pieces that go into the build.
PARTS PREPARED TODAY
The components have all been cut a little larger than final dimensions to allow for any necessary adjustments.
First a boards were resawn and planed to 7.5mm The first photo shows the parallel angles marked for the strips which were the ripped at a 15 deg. angle with a width of 17mm per strip on the table saw. The strips were then cut to lengths about 1cm longer than the finished length in the miter saw with the same set-up used for the bottoms in photo 3. An angle fence with a 15 deg. angled face was then cut on the table saw and attached to the miter saw fence and a zero clearance auxiliary top added to miter saw table. The miters were then cut on one end of each rim and foot piece at a 45deg. setting while resting agains the angled fence in the same position they will occupy in the finished basket. This cut yields a compound miter angle with only the one saw setting. Once the basket sides have been scrolled, mitered and glued up, I will cut the other end miter on the rim and foot pieces measuring directly from the basket sides to ensure accuracy.
About 3 hours were used for today’s work. A total of 5 hours on the project so far or 1 hour per basket. This is a great project for production work. Setting everything up takes a little time with three machines involved, but the set-ups are used for more than one part and it all goes pretty quick considering we have now prepared 70 blanks altogether.
I guess the text is a little over the top but I am always worried I will leave out important info or steps. I will include all the dimensions for each component as I cut them just prior to assembly. I suggest you wait until the blog is finished before you begin making them yourself so you will be able to better evaluate the process and perhaps do it in a way better suited to your own preferred methods and tools at hand. I will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Thanks for following with.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway