I am so stoked to be sharing today’s project with you.. mostly because I was able to get my hands on a new power tool (a scroll saw) and try it for the first time. The part that I love so much about it, is how amazing the project turned out, for being my first time ever using one! It gives me hope that I can really come up with some fantastic future projects AND it should be evidence that you shouldn’t be afraid to try new things!
I only attempted this basket because I am part of Wendi’s Power Tool Challenge Team, and this month’s theme was “Single Board Projects.” I used a single piece of 2x2 plywood. Nothing else. The other ladies in this challenge also used only a single board (although the type and size of their boards are all different). Their projects are also amazing! Seriously, I would expect nothing less..these are some of the best builders I know!
Scroll Saw Wooden Basket by Kim Six Fix | Easy DIY Picture Frames by Domestically Speaking | DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger by Designs By Studio C | Circle Back Kids Chair Plans by Her Tool Belt | Easy Wood Pumpkin Cutout by H2OBungalow | DIY Pizza Bread Board by Refresh Restyle | Small Step Stool by My Repurposed Life | DIY Glue Gun Holder by Virginia Sweet Pea | DIY Wooden Movie Projector by Thrift Diving
About My Scroll Saw:
I got my saw at Harbor Freight Tools, and it only cost around $65 on sale. My saw is very comparable to this inexpensive model you can find on Amazon:
Of course, if you aren’t looking for the cheapest option, some higher end models have great reviews. As I’ve mentioned in my other tool reviews, I always buy a bottom of the line tool to see (1.) if I will actually use it regularly and (2.) which features are ‘must have’ in a long term investment. After I have used a tool a while, I am then able to make a better decision to upgrade or not. So far I love my scroll saw, but I am not sure I’ll need to upgrade.. I haven’t had enough hours on it to decide that yet.
Project Inspiration:And I cannot take credit for this idea.. NOT AT ALL. I actually borrowed a book from the library (so I could learn to use my scroll saw) and this sample project was on the front cover:
It was really low resolution and not in a format I could print in multiple pages, so I blew it up to actual size, converted it to a PDF and put some registration lines on it (so I could print it in 6 sections and tape them together. You can download my updated version, but credit should still be attributed to Birchbark, it is his pattern.
The “How To” on my project couldn’t be much simpler. You take a single piece of plywood (or solid wood would actually be better). Cut concentric wavy rings out and then stack them and glue them together.
How To Build The Basket:
Seriously.. doesn’t it look a lot more complicated than that?
The key is having a regular repeating pattern in the rings so you can stagger the layers. Luckily that part was taken care of!
Once I had the pattern printed out and taped together, I used spray adhesive to attach it to the wood.
The Loctite professional grade adhesive is by far my favorite.. and it worked great for this. It stayed down but still pulled off cleanly when I was done cutting.
It isn’t as straight forward as that really, because this pattern requires INSIDE cuts (like the center of the letter O). A scroll saw blade is held in place at the top and the bottom of the saw arm with little pins. There is no free end of the blade, so you can’t put it INSIDE a circle while it is attached to the saw.
To overcome this problem, you first have to drill a hole into the board, feed the blade through the hole and then mount the blade on the saw. When you are done cutting you need to remove the blade and repeat the process in reverse order. That is why a QUICK RELEASE BLADE is so important on a scroll saw. I had to take the blade on and off the machine ELEVEN TIMES for this project. This is a great starter project because it is really forgiving, the curves are easy, and there are a lot of them, and you get a lot of practice with blade changes!
Once I had all the circles cut out I needed to sand them. Especially the areas where I started and stopped the cut (near the drilled hole). You need to be a little careful at this step since if you push too hard on the circles, they will want to break. On their own they are pretty delicate. I decided to leave the wood it’s natural color. I wanted it to be obvious this was made of wood, plus the plywood layers were sort of cool. I used a layer of polyurethane just to protect the wood from any moisture.
To build the bowl I used the same Rapid Fuse Wood Adhesive I used on my cutting board tray.
I made sure everything was lined up perfectly, added a little weight to the top and let it dry overnight. The final basket (or bowl) is really cool. I love all the layers!