Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tip for using Glued handles

Do you like the rustic look of a glued or stapled "D handle but worry about the bent corners cracking or breaking?
Try this tip:
Lay out your base with a stake laying under the handle. Weave the base as usual around the handle and its shadow stake. When you turn up the stakes and weave the first row, hold the shadow stake tight against the outside of the handle and weave around them as one. Weave the entire basket this way. Cut the shadow stake off at the top of the basket so that the top of it is hidden by the rim.
This will help to support the "D" handle and spread any pressure from the weight of the items in the basket.

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