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by Dexter A. Hansen
(C) Copyright 1987-2003

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This pattern is is designed to be a full scale pattern for the experienced crafts hobbyist. The author makes no warrenties or representations as to the ease of assembly or suitablitiy of the finished project for any intended purpose.


  1. Obtain the materials listed on the Material/Parts List.
  2. Cut out the end board pattern on the bold (darkest) line.  As this is the outline for your project, use extreme care when cutting the pattern.
  3. Place the pattern on the board you have selected for one of your 3/4" thick end boards and trace the outline of the pattern onto the board.
  4. Cut the board out following the pattern.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
  6. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 for the handle. The heart in the center of the handle is cut out too.
  7. Assemble the basket by nailing the end boards to the handle. The hidden line on the end board shows the location of the handle. Use 2 to 3 each 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" brads on each end (4 to 6 brads total). (Wood screws can be used instead of the brads).
  8. Assemble the 16 1/4" X 3/4" X 12" strips to the sides by using two 3/4" to 1" long brads (4 total per strip), spacing approximately as shown. You may wish to save the boarder of the pattern as a reference for spacing your strips.

    Note 1 - The 12" length of the strips may have to be adjusted, depending upon the actual thickness of your end boards.

    Note 2 - Use of an appropriate wood glue will increase holding strength of the joints, however, care must be taken not to get glue on the wood where you want a stained wood finish. Paint covers most common wood glues, stain does not.
  9. Finish to suit. Suggested finish is to stain the entire basket and then on the ends, paint a heart design.

Materials/Parts List



2 Each

3/4" thick End Boards to suit.

1 Each

3/4" thick Handle Board to suit.

16 Each

1/4" X 3/4" x 12" wood strips.

64 Each

3/4' to 1" brads.

6 Each

1 1/4" to 1 1/2" brads.
Finish & Paints to suit.

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Copyright © 1987 Dexter A. Hansen

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Comment:  The pattern should print to full scale, however, differences in browsers sometimes effects the scale.  One option is to click on the pattern and tell the browser to View the bjaypat.gif file.  Once it is the only thing showing on your browser, you can print the drawing.  In trying this with Netscape Navigator, the scale prints correctly for the author.  Should one desire to change the scale, try pulling the GIF file into a GIF editor, either as a save as drawing or finding it in your browser cache directory and printing.  The original prints out  on an 8 - 1/2 inch X 11 inch piece of paper.  Once in an editor, it can be scaled to suit your needs.  If you need software to try this with, click on the Smartdraw Icon below and download a trial version of their software.  All you need to do is create a new drawing, import the GIF file and scale to suit.

Additionally, when working in an editor, scale (drag) from a corner so you don't change the aspect ratio.

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