The bottom, the side angels and start of the handle.
just before a week of.
Now I will see if I can get to make the bottom and lit I said in the fourth blog, so I better get there.
I will make the stafs different width, and set up the angels by eye, and not by math.
Since I made the sides of recycled pallet wood, I thought I better go on with the recycle concept; here are some boards from a trashed IKEA bed found in the street.
Laying side by side, trying to avoid as many knots as possible, and then marking to know the way later.
Two unparallel lines like you see in the photo are an excellent way.
Lifting the boards two and two as shown, back to back.
Clamping them up.
Running that wonderful old Stanley.
And smoking, this is especially important.
A nice tight fit, and the marking are still easy to follow.
All with a tight fit now.
Marking the bottom diameter, and two cross lines for the dowels.
Transfer marks for the dowels.
Choosing a drill method! Or we can call it a travel in time.
I will not go into each here, just let you enjoy the beauty of them (yes another E-bay purchase).
I choose the spade drill, only because I know it’s really old, and because I never tried one of these before.
It was really fast and easy to use, impressed me quite a lot!
Not much tear out, and a quite crisp drilling.
Marking the depth of the dowel position with a marking gauge.
Making a mark with an awl.
After drilling the holes in one side, I use little pins, to get the exact point of the matching holes. If you don’t have these, just make some carful layout and you will be fine.
Time for planning.
Marking the thickness I want for the bucket bottom boards, in this way I have an aim point for my planning after.
Removing thickness of the bottom with a scrub plane. To be honest it was the first time in my life I tried one of these, and it was really a pleasure, wood was removed so fast and with little effort.
I did not even sharpen that old lady!
(Thank you to Napoleon, who gave this sweet girl one day).
Now I was in the mood for using wooden planes, so I took out my old beauty, and made shaves.
Admit it! Yes! It is so much more wonderful than a metal plane… Hmmmmmmm…. Wood against wood, no sharp edges, and this one with an adjustable mouth.
The beauty of the shaves.
So now I have the desired thickness of the bottom.
(The photo shows before and after).
Stafs and the bottom.
Making a guide. I use a string, an awl and a pencil. This must have been possible, at least with a nail as awl, a string and a nail as marker.
Since I want to make a lit also I decide to save time and my now very sour arms…
So I take of some thickness on the circular saw.
I drill with the help of Mr. Bosch.
Ohhh yes, and since my Festool state of the art table could not hold the thin boards without I hack into the clamps with the plane, I used some good old fashion wedges to clamp…
(This might also be a little more authentic than Festool).
The thickness in mm and inches.
Once more… Forgive me, I’m slow!
One bottom and one lit. Or at least the boards for it.
Since my arms at this point were in pain, I choose to use some power tools to help me cutting the bottom circle jig. I used my primitive circle jig (sorry Martyn, I will get to this when I have more time).
Wood, nails, hammer and a raised jig are done.
Now time to make a tool to help me when I try to eyeball the angels for the staffs.
Again; wood, nails, hammer and a holding jig are made.
At the picture you see the staf, and the jig on my no eight plane.
Jig holding the staf.
And ready to run!
Like this I get a firm grip, and a good feel and view of the angel I plane.
Holding the staf in place with a little wedge.
The setup, the raised bottom jig, and now stafs can take shape around as I plane them.
I found out I needed to hold it in place, and did so with string and wedge.
Here you see the miracle happening!
Also in the right corner you see my high-tech electric digital angel gauge! Why! Because I simply had to give up du to health, and make the initial cuts for the stafs by the table saw, and then the fine tuning on my angel planning setup.
Here you see where I got to.
I will continue next week, now a week of, this will be good for me since my body at this state feels like around a hounded and seven years old…
Layout for a handle.
(Mike I will round the ends, so it will be able to swing).
That’s it for now!
Hope it could bring some inspiration, some laughs and perhaps even some light!
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.