I’m going to make a small basket for me and the mrs. to bring veggies in from the back yard garden. It’s patterned after a project on FWW by Becksvoort (“Shaker Berry Box”).
The plan calls for a box with 1/8” thick sides. A couple months ago I resawed a piece of walnut into a similar thickness. In a day or two that piece had developed a pronounced and interesting twist. I think I was a victim of “case hardening”, but I guess it could be some other phenomena.
In the plan, Becksvoort uses white pine. I don’t have any of that, but I have pieces of red oak (8/4), white oak (4/4) and sapele (6/4) that would all be big enough for the project at hand (I’m in an “exploring wood” phase, so these are lying around).
Are any of these better than the other, if the concern is thin pieces? Is there a reason white pine is used in the original plan (is it more “stable”)?
any tips you could provide on producing 1/8” or 3/16” thick pieces would be appreciated. The box would be approx 10” long x 6” wide x 4” high (the wood will move most in the 4” dimension).