Latest completed project is a small basket to replace a plastic bin under my desk for collecting recyclable paper. Made from a really pretty wood (don’t know what species) that was formerly my sister’s kitchen cabinets. Dimensions are 10.5″ tall, 10″ wide and 7″ deep (at the top).
The basket flares out 5 degrees in both directions, which presented many challenges – and opportunities for incorrect cuts. The panels are approx 1/4″ thick and fit into grooves in the rails and stiles. Rails and stiles are connected with groove and stub tenon. The bottom is simply a 1/4″ panel glued to the case. The top is ringed with four pieces that are mitered at the corners. This gave me the impetus to (finally!!!) make the Sellers shooting board, which came out great.
The project is finished with three coats shellac and a coat of paste wax. No electrons were harmed in the making of this project.
I like it. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”, said William Morris, a great driver of the Arts and Crafts movement. I’m sure he’d approve of this project.
The wood looks quite like Oak to me in colour and character, but if it were I’m sure you’d have recognised it as such.