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Making an ancient bucket with stefang and mafe #4: bucket comes together and the handle comes to be

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Blog entry by Clung posted 1241 days ago 726 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The bucket continued to come together using the marking methods explained in the previous blog entry. The last stave, or weeping stave was narrower than the rest which, by using the same method, I was able to mark out with the knife and plane down to the exact width prior to planing the angles.

I then curved the outside edges of the staves with a spokeshave in a similar manner as Stefang. This process complete, they could now all be assembled into a fine looking wooden bucket.

I then tackled the handle, which originally I also wanted to be made out of bent birch. After four frustrating tries of breaking them I decided on willow, which steamed and bent easily into a handle like shape. I’ll leave it clamped in the “mold” for a day or so before I see how it looks.

Lastly, I’ve decided to forgo the dowels in the staves. My thicknesses have been reduced to 3/8” (I shouldn’t have planed the staves down to 1/2” initially – instead left them at the 5/8” they were.) This may cause problems later on, but after assembly I’m hoping it may prove unnecessary. Just a (another) minor deviation from the teacher’s lesson…

Thanks again to stefang for the wonderful project.

-- Clarence



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mafe

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#1 posted 1240 days ago

looking really good, such beautiful wood.
And now with bend wood handle!
Cant wait to see this.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 1240 days ago

nice wood you use :-) it does look good sofare

take care
Dennis

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