I started with a 2' square piece of expanded metal. Measured 6" in from the sides and 6" in from the ends...this is how tall I wanted the basket to be.
I was able to cut the metal with some heavy duty metal snips.
I bent the metal on the ends first...using a 2x4 as a guide and a hammer. If you can bend it by hand, that's great...lol ....I couldn't. :)
Then I folded the sides in and attached them to the ends using small bolts and nuts.
The basket without baling wire handles.
35 minutes and 2 bandaids later I have a nice little charcoal basket. :)