Recently, we’ve moved some things around in our kitchen in a way that resulted in a little less counter space than before. One item that got moved around to places that just weren’t working out was a wire fruit basket that we keep produce and garlic in. First, we moved it on top of the refrigerator, but it was in the way of some cabinets that I have to get into pretty often. Then, we moved it to the counter, but it’s so tall that it got in the way of cabinets there too. Kristen had an idea to cut the basket basically in half, which would give us two different sized baskets that would more easily fit in our spaces.
Last Saturday, while Kristen was working in the garden, I got out my new Dremel and set to cutting the basket into two baskets. I’ve only had the Dremel for a couple of months, and I’ve been trying to think of things to use it on (productive things). Turning this basket into two is easily the most productive thing I’ve done with it so far.
First, I fitted the Dremel with the cutter disc that is made to work on relatively non-heavy duty metals. Then, I just started cutting the two rods at either side as close to the bottom basket as possible. While cutting, I tried to cut around the rod in a circle (like I did with the bathroom vanity plumbing) as opposed to straight through from one end. I don’t know if there’s a good technical reason to do it this way, but it seemed to make sense to me.
Above, you can see the bottom basket already cut away from the top one. The top basket was held up by a sort of three-prong rod (which above you can kind of see in the middle of the table, in the shadow of the bottom basket), so I cut these off the top basket right where they were soldered on. That was pretty much it for turning the one basket into two.
But. I wasn’t done using the Dremel yet. After I separated to two baskets, I still needed to grind down and smooth out the edges where I made the cuts. Sharp, jagged metal edges are not all that appealing to us.
So I swapped the cutter disc for a grinding attachment and went to smoothing the edges. This part is fun if for no other reason than the sparks. (It’s also a good idea to hold the Dremel in a way that the rotation of the grinded shoots the sparks away from you instead of at you.)
After a few minutes of smoothing out the just-cut edges, we had two baskets that would fit where we needed them and that wouldn’t draw blood from hands looking for produce. (Insert unfunny Rambo joke here.)
And here’s one last shot of the baskets in action.
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