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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bushel Basket #1

Be sure to watch the Bushel Basket #1video!

This week I thought I would show you how to make the first of the containers that I will be using in my produce stand. This one is loosely based on a bushel basket and in a while I will show you another version that flares out a bit at the top. 

I had the idea of what I wanted to do for this and I spent a day working out how to get a basket the way I wanted. I was so happy, then I found I couldn't create another one that looked like it matched it. I could get close but not the same. Although in my project I will be using several types of containers I want all of each to look the same. I want them to look like the owner bought these somewhere. So it was back to the drawing board. I decided that what I needed was a form of some kind to make the baskets on. That actually explains why I have two versions of the bushel basket. In playing with the my ideas for forms I came up with 2 different basket shapes both based on the bushel basket. I decided to make both and although they are very similar I will do separate videos for each too. (watch for that one later in the spring/summer)

In the end for today's basket I used a 1” dowel, it was easy to hold onto (a little hard to film but it worked) and was able to make several baskets in a short period of time. For the video I only make one basket but while I was actually making baskets I made them 6 at a time and it worked out beautifully. So if you want to make just one or a bunch of these I think you will find this to be an easy and fun project.

When I have time I am going to try this same basket in bright colors too, I think for a kid's room they would be super cute. I think for those I would coat them with something to make them have a satin finish to look like the plastic ones you can buy at those huge stores.

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