|Project by jbschutz||posted 11-21-2014 11:05 PM||1787 views||16 times favorited||11 comments|
Ye Olde Cedar Bucket When a guy gets an armload of nice western red cedar for free, you have to do something with it. I have made quite a number of these buckets over the years, but usually out of hickory, oak or walnut. This was made from cutoffs from a residing project….very nice lumber. It measures about 12 inches tall and nearly 12 inches across. The bands are scrap leather, held in place by upholstery tacks.
The staves begin as ten 3×10 inch blanks and two 3×12 inch…...5/8 inches thick. I do a dado about half way through near one end of each blank for the bottom disk (1/4 inch cabinet grade plywood) and then begin the tapering of the staves. I made a little sled, to hold the blanks, and use a piece of a shim to bump out the bottom of the stave 1/4 of an inch. Then run it through the table saw with the blade at 15 degrees. Then, I turn it around, add another quarter inch shim and run it through again. So, the blanks end up a total of 1/2 inch narrower at the bottom than the top.
When all the staves have been cut, I do a temporary assembly, using rubber bands and make the disk for the bottom. Usually, an 8 inch disk is perfect, but test the fit before the glue up.
Assembly is tricky…..I borrow a perfectly sized round plastic storage container from my wife, wrap a couple of heavy rubber bands around it and begin tucking the staves behind the rubber bands. When all of the staves are in place, I pull one of the rubber bands up around the staves within a couple of inches of the top. Then, I pull out the storage container, insert the bottom disk and check for fit. The glue up can be done fairly simply…...tip out the edge of a stave, apply glue, let it slip back into place and move on to the next. When all the edges have glue applied, check for alignment, and clamp with inner tube straps or band clamps, adjusting the edges to line up.
The handle is a three layer glueup, formed around a homemade form. When it has dried, the edges are trimmed, holes drilled and sanded and finished before assembly
When the glue has dried, I freehand the outside corners to a rounder shape on the jointer and then on the belt sander. Final sanding with the RO sander, up to 220 followed by satin poly, sand, poly, sand, poly.
The buckets are not made to hold water, but do a great job with kindling, magazines or a potted plant.
-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com