Faux Weave Design Storage Box for Bicycle

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Introduction: Faux Weave Design Storage Box for Bicycle

After all the schlepping of boardwalk pallets, the little trailer that could finally couldn't, so I am making a much more robust trailer now for heavy loads. I plan to use a commerical trailer hitch, and to make room for it on the deck of my bike rack, I needed to rebuild the storage box. The storage box is 3/4 inch plywood. I first made a sketch of the box to get the dimensions I needed, then cut out the pieces on a table saw. I cut a rabbit into the edges of the end pieces, then glued them to the side pieces, making a super strong corner. I used trimhead screws for this. The sides and end pieces wrap around the base, which is also screwed secure.

Step 1: Making the Weave Pattern

Just to give the box a little pizzazz, I made a sketch of my design, then replicated it with Green frog tape on all sides. I gave the box a black base color before taping so that none of the wood would show through the final design. Then I cut out all the vertical tiles, leaving the horizontal ones

Step 2: Painting the Box

I gave a primer coat to the whole box, then sponged on a base color of pale orange. Then I used a brush to create a kind of faux wood grain effect.

Step 3: Adding Details With Sharpie

I filled in all the little black squares and then drew shadow lines. It KIND OF looks like a weave, if you don't get to close. When the project was done, I actually looked at a real basket and saw how far off I was from a true illusion. Ah well. It's still prettier than a plain box. On to the next project!

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    4 Comments

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    charlessenf-gm
    charlessenf-gm

    1 year ago

    I thought it a decent illusion. What was with the green tape? Was it removed and tossed? Is it underneath the primer and magic marker lines (what old folks call a Sharpie)? Creative, good for you!

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    Dandda14
    Dandda14

    Reply 1 year ago

    Well I was going to remove it but the edges were so rough I left it on and painted over it, then just sealed it with matte medium before applying the permanent marker

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    seamster
    seamster

    1 year ago

    This is a neat effect, and looks relatively simple to create. I like it! : )

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    Dandda14
    Dandda14

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks glad you like it