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Old 06-01-2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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Hi Carole,

I took another stab at making the collapsable basket that is in the magazine. After it was all cut out and everything sanded I temporarily put in the dowels for the handle and opened it up. Imagine my surprise when the handles went way beyond the bottom of the basket. As near as I can tell they extend at least 3/4's of an inch past the bottom. I double checked the directions and since the saw was still set up for the angle I looked at that again. I did go the correct number of degrees that was recommended and it would appear that I followed the directions correctly. Am I correct in guessing that all I would need to do when I recut the bowl is to change the angle of the table? The only thing I can think of now is to make some spiral cuts at different angles and see if I can get a better result. Any thoughts?

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Old 06-01-2011, 04:13 PM   #2
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Dan, did the basket open properly? With baskets of that type, the rings often have to be forced a bit to open, which makes them drop deeper. If you used the right thickness of wood, and the suggested angle (I think it was 3˚) it should work. The end of the handles push against the base strip to stabilize the basket. If the angle is too small, the rings separate into a spiral, which is what you don't want.

If you haven't attached a base strip, you should give that a try. That might solve things by exerting the needed pressure. If not, then post a picture, showing the extent that the rings will open with gentle pressure. That would help in figuring out what's causing the problem.

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In my opinion it looked like the basket opened as it should. I don't recall right off hand what thickness was called for in the magazine. I used a 3/4 inch thick board. I'll have to double check the magazine when I get home from work. And yes the table was set to 3 degrees. I hadn't put the base strips on yet because I realized that the handles weren't even going to come close to what the picture showed. I'll try and take a few photos tonight and post them tomorrow. It's easier doing it here at work because my dial up takes for ever to do anything.

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Dan, 3/4" sounds right, so does the angle. When you take your photos, gently push the rings out until they lock firmly in place. If the "drop" looks OK, you can always shorten the handles, but if you cut them where indicated on the pattern, they should be approximately right. When you get a chance to post the pictures (dial-up must be very frustrating!) it will be easier to see what's happening.
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what size blade did you use?

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Carol, I've attached two photos of what the bowl looks like with the handle flipped up. I was leery about pushing any harder on the spiral part of it because that's how I managed to break the last one. And yes dial up is a pain. I don't even like posting from home because it takes for ever to type in a response.

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Dan,

I pulled out one of my baskets, and it looks to me as though your handle may be a little too long. Double check it against the pattern, and if that's the case, re-cut it. If it matches the pattern, then attach the two base strips as per the instructions, and test out the handle again. You may find that it's OK with a little coaxing. If not, then make a mark on the handle where it hits the base strip, draw a straight line across, leaving it a bit longer than necessary, trim the handle, and check again.

As far as I can tell, your basket looks fine in terms of the drop. So, just continue on to the next step, which will make it easier to adjust the handle. Let me know how that works out.
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I will try that. Thank you

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