Making an ancient bucket MaFe #12: Finale - there is a hole in my bucket!

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-27-2011 07:01 PM 5936 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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there is a hole in my bucket!






Even closer.

Ready, steady -


If I should pick up water in this bucket, I should be running.
Ok it did not hold water, just as I expected.
The bottom is perfect and the fit to the sides seems also perfect.
But my bindings are too loose, and the bucket should be soaked with water before the try.
So why did I do it?
I like my bindings and I will not use the bucket for water.

Smoking / soaking!

Hmmmm, perhaps one day I will make some new bindings, for now I will call the project finished.

So my dear Mike I did it!
Slowly at the end, but I did it.
Hope you can forgive my water world, as I have told you it was a pleasure to make this journey in our past, to get a little closer to my inner Viking, study, make experiments, create theories, do, be, laugh and at the end be able to say I did it.
Thank you Mike.

Hope this can inspire others to take the bucket road!

Best thoughts,


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

19 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-27-2011 07:08 PM

You can always use it to hold snow… or sand :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 04-27-2011 07:17 PM

well done mads

we knew you had it in you
and as usual some leaked out for us too

there may have been more to this than came through the years

as we know
different species
and different cuts of wood
have different characteristics

like maybe more pitch
or annular ring placement
something the old timers knew
the researchers didn’t know about

by the time you build a boat
you should know better
what keeps water in
and what keeps it out

well done
nice bucket

i bet it will hold some beautiful flowers
for caroline

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Glen Peterson

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#3 posted 04-27-2011 08:53 PM

Very nice my friend. It’s beautiful. In one of the photos I thought you had steam coming from your bucket, but alas it was your pipe. I was looking at your plane-making blog recently. Is this project the reason for making the plane?

-- Glen

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#4 posted 04-27-2011 09:37 PM

Like Glen said : A very nice bucket.

It is with the bucket like an woodenboat…keep it weet and the water wont get out or in if its a boat.

of course every piece have to fit,but if they do and you keep it wet it will hold water.

Well done Mads :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#5 posted 04-27-2011 10:03 PM

Well done my friend. It’s a bucket nonetheless, and a very nice looking one too. Your inner Viking is shining!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#6 posted 04-27-2011 10:49 PM

Hmmmm! I don’t know if you get passing grade with that leak…

It does look great. Both the top and the vine give it a very nice accent.

Well done. It’s is certainly not something I will try anytime soon. It is a lot of work.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 04-27-2011 10:55 PM

Nicely done! I enjoyed your blogs about the progress so its good to see it all finished and looking amazing. I’m sure you learned a great deal during it. Congrats.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#8 posted 04-28-2011 01:17 AM

I think it is wonderful!!!
And I chuckled at Thomas’ comment ….. so your bucket WILL carry water if the water is frozen :)

Rick just said that he thinks they used to light a fire in buckets when they were first made.. I haven’t looked that up to confirm or deny.

Can we see a close-up picture of your loops joined together holding your bucket together.. or did I miss it in the above pictures?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 04-28-2011 01:21 AM

even in the worst situation you know how to leak the smile to us
and doing it with a laugh :-)
thankĀ“s for sharing it has been such a pleasure to follow your jurney
in our ancesters footstep together with Mike :-)

better luck with the next bucket

take care

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#10 posted 04-28-2011 02:38 AM

It’s a beautiful bucket, the red cover really sets it off! I’m sure making it was a great adventure and I bet it will carry all the water that you need carried.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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David LaBolle

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#11 posted 04-28-2011 02:42 PM

That’s a great bucket. It has always seemed to me that coopering is the pinicle of woodworking. It has to be spot on to hold itself together, let alone hold water.

Much impressed.

Here is a great video online of an old cooper in his 80s from Tennessee who makes it look so easy, as only a true master can. Listening to him talk is the best part. enjoy. : )

I like the pic of you enjoying a bowl from your pipe with the project in front of you. I have several pipes that I reward myself with from time to time.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#12 posted 04-28-2011 03:22 PM

The Pics here are great. Making a watertight fit is something I want to do, but I have other things to learn first.

Sometimes it’s a slow road. Guys like you push me to keep at it.

Keep it up.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#13 posted 04-28-2011 06:57 PM

Cool project. Fun stuff. Not just a bucket!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#14 posted 04-28-2011 07:04 PM

Even if the bucket leaks, you look cool sitting behind it :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 04-28-2011 11:04 PM

Wonderful result Mads! Although our buckets don’t hold water very well, they do hold some great memories from this fun and at times challenging project. For me, the memories and fellowship are the most important product to come out of this shared project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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