HERE’S ANOTHER IDEA
Rather than using a wood stain, you could use Resene paint testpots to add a splash of colour to your basket.
Using the pilot holes as a guide, use the 19mm drill bit to create circular indents in both 370mm lengths. Be careful not to drill right through. When you’ve finished, check that the dowel fits in each indent.
Screw a 370mm length of timber onto each side panel at the centre of the base edge, with the indent facing inwards.
Apply two coats of Resene Waterborne Woodsman penetrating oil stain to all the wooden pieces, allowing to dry between coats.
Staple a 450mm length of timber to each of the 450mm-long edges of the plastic trellis mesh.
Screw the basket together as shown, making sure the indents and the mesh are both facing inwards.
Slot the dowel into place and secure with a screw on each end.
Add a few staples along the side panel edges to hold the plastic mesh in place.