Basket weaving is an ancient traditional craft, and you can either design your own basket or use a pattern from an established weaver. If you have some basic woodworking skills, a wooden base is an easy way to create an irregular shaped basket to your own design and specifications. Select your base timber to compliment your weave. You may wish to choose a rough, rustic piece of reclaimed timber, or opt for a smooth, modern finish using a sheet of wood from a home improvement store.
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Things you need
- Power drill
- Wood vice or bench clamp
- Wood stain or varnish
Outline your base design on a sheet of paper, ensuring that it is a suitable size for the overall dimensions of your planned basket. Wood bases are heavy and make a sturdy plinth, so there should not be a problem with weight distribution.
Cut out your base pattern, position it on the wood and draw around the shape on the timber.
Secure the wood in a vice or bench clamp, and saw round the edge of the shape using a jigsaw, observing the manufacturer's safety instructions. If your base is square or rectangular, a manual saw is adequate.
Mark the position of the required number of holes around the perimeter of the wood with equal spacing between each one. A warp, or upright spoke goes into each hole, creating the skeleton of the basket when the base is finished.
Select a drill bit the same diameter as your warp spokes so they will fit snugly.
Return the wooden base to the clamp or vice and drill the holes, following appropriate safety precautions.
Sand rough edges if necessary, or leave the base unfinished for a rustic appearance. Clean the wood to remove dust particles.
Paint the base with your chosen wood stain or varnish and leave to dry in a well-ventilated area.
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