Basketweave Chest

An interesting technique yields dramatic results.

SHOP OWNER: Jerry Syfert

    After finding your site by accident recently and being highly impressed with the quality of the beautiful woodworking projects, I wanted to add one of my own. My brother-in-law, who recently lost his wife, asked if I could make him a chest to store his wife's memorabilia. He wanted it made out of white cedar from a small island in northern Michigan, where they had been living since his retirement. Since they have a sawmill there, I told him how much cedar to get me for the project.
Basketweave Chest

    As it turns out, white cedar is about as bland and nondescript a lumber as I have ever seen. I am used to working with hardwoods, including the exotics. I knew I needed to come up with an idea that would add some interest to this wood.
    Many years ago, I developed a technique, which I call my "basketweave look". I decided that this would be the way to go and I designed the chest as I went along.
    Framed in walnut, the chest has 287 separate pieces of wood in it. It has two removable jewelry trays that sit in the top. The chest is approximately 29" x 19" x 16". Although it was an interesting project, it is truly "one of a kind" as I won't build another one.
Basketweave Chest

    After finishing the white cedar chest, I also made my wife a small box, approximately 13" x 10" x 6", made of oak and walnut.

. . . Jerry Syfert



This is the place to share views of your shop, woodworking tips and methods,
mug shots, special tools or machines, finished work--you name it!
    We prefer digital images via e-mail, but prints or transparencies will do. Include your name, address, phone number and a paragraph or two explaining the photo(s). Not every entry will be used, we reserve the right to edit for length and clarity, and we will not return photos.

P.O. Box 493
Springtown, PA 18081