# Making an ancient bucket with stefang and mafe #3: planing stave angles

 Blog entry by Clung posted 02-11-2011 02:28 AM 2517 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments
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Yesterday I was able to make a pile of wonderful curls

Today I tackled the stave angles. Not one for loving many calculations (mine are usually wrong), I often depend on pictures and this time is no exception. I had my approximate radius drawn on cardboard, and I’m working with the outer circle. All my staves are cut to uniform width, although using my method I don’t see it making any difference.

I carefully place the stave with the one (in this case, I’m working clockwise, so the left) outside corner of the stave on the previous mark. The other outside corner (right in this example) can then be marked with a knife in the cardboard.

Removing the stave, I can then scribe a radius line from the new mark to the center. I use a knife for this just cutting through the first ply of the cardboard, then use pencil to darken the mark to keep myself organized.

Replacing the stave back into its position I can then mark the inside corners of the stave where the line in the cardboard intersects with the stave.

Using a marking gauge, I then scribe the inside along both the edges and plane down to the line.

Just my way of doing things, and I have another 8 to go until the weeping stave. I do prefer the boat tradition better of referring to the last plank as the whiskey plank – although here the outcome may determine the celebrating or mourning. In any event to continue my distrust of my mathematical capabilities, I’m not cutting out my bottom diameter until I have the staves done and will then scribe the circumference into the bottom.

Thanks again to stefang for this wonderful challenge.

-- Clarence