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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-21-2015, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
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A friend asked me to make her two Easter baskets for next Easter. Attached is a photo of the one she had - made of pine with dark stain. She said I didn't have to copy it. I have made a dozen or so out of cherry, tiger maple (I put cherry bottom and handles), walnut and spalted maple (again I put cherry bottom and handles). So far the customers like them. The spalted maple were pieces of firewood that I got about 15 months ago. I sliced them on the bandsaw and dried them. At that time the moisture content was 15%. I put 5-coats of General Finish Arm-R-Seal finish then wax the baskets. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
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nicely done...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Very nice-gorgeous walnut. How do you bend the handles, steam or laminate?

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I love the grain in the 2 baskets. Absolutely spectacular. I also really like the splined corners. Nice work.
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Wow!

I don’t always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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Great work KY man. What a great finish on a basket also. I love the corner details that you added. Larry
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Very nice.
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Very nice as usual Kt woodchopper
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To bend the handles I plane knot free, fairly straight grain wood to 1/8" thick. Then sand it and cut to size. I have a 1 1/2" PVC pipe with a cap on the bottom that I stand in a trash can. I drop several handles into this and pour boiling water into the pipe and place a shot glass over the top to keep the heat in. After 45 minutes I pour the water back into the pot and bring it back to a boil. I do this about 3-times. I then remove one at a time and bend the wood around a form that I made. I clap the piece in for about 12-hours. I remove and attach them to two upright pieces of wood that are the correct distance. This keeps the handles in the same shape and allows them to continue drying. After a couple days I remove them from that setup and just lay them in front of a fan for several days to continue drying. Then sand and start applying finish. I hope this explanation helps. Malcolm / Kentucky USA.
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that is a nice explanation, Malcolm. I haven't tried bending yet, but the pieces you did are very similar to what I'll be using in a project I have in mind. I never would have thought of the boiling water in a pipe. Of course, using the shot glass to cover the end will force me to "sip" straight out of the bottle. Thanks. Jim
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