Three of a kind.....cedar buckets

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Cedar Buckets x 3.
A friend gave me a stack of cedar siding cut-offs a few months ago, so I decided to put them to good use. Earlier, I made one bucket, and now this set of three buckets used up nearly all of the rest of it.
The buckets are each crafted in the same fashion….12 tapered staves…10 of them 10 inches tall, and two 12 inches. The staves taper from 3 inches wide at the top to 2.5 inches at the bottom, and are cut using a home made sled on the table saw, with the blade set at a 15 degrees angle. All of the staves have a dado cut near the bottom to house the cabinet grade plywood bottom. After the assembly with Titebond III and band clamps, I freehand off the corners on the outside with my jointer, gradually working toward a round contour. After sanding from 80-220 grit, I finished these with Danish oil, installed the leather bands and the bentwood handles. They make great magazine racks, kindling holders, or will house a potted plant.
One of these will go to the guy who provided the wood, and the rest are up for sale.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 04-29-2015 05:30 PM

Very nicely crafted john, you explained the process really well too! Well done!

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#2 posted 04-29-2015 06:47 PM

I need to make some of these! The cookies from neighborhood gardeners are going to awesome.

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#3 posted 04-29-2015 10:11 PM

Nice buckets! Looks like a fun project.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#4 posted 04-29-2015 11:25 PM

Well done John! Lot’s of thinking going into these. I’ll have to put this on my bucket list!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 04-30-2015 12:19 PM

Very nicely done. I really appreciate the instructions as I would like to try this. I guess it’s on my “bucket list” also. Thanks for sharing!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 04-30-2015 02:04 PM

Those are very nice John.
I may have to copy these and I have the wood and leather and with your good instructions all I need is to make the taper jig and it would also give me a chance to use my new hand plane .


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 04-30-2015 03:48 PM

These look very nice…

But where’s the fire and the bucket brigade?


-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#8 posted 04-30-2015 03:50 PM

Those are great. Just out of curiousity, what do you charge for the ones that are for sale?

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Doug Scott

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#9 posted 05-01-2015 12:57 AM

Nice work, I made a few of same planters like them years ago , not easy getting the right angles Ha !

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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#10 posted 05-01-2015 12:15 PM

Buckets are like clamps… can never have too many

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 05-01-2015 01:21 PM

You must be proud of these. I love them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 05-01-2015 05:31 PM

It look beautiful,

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#13 posted 05-01-2015 07:42 PM

I love them. Great job and thanks for sharing!

-- Matt, Arizona

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#14 posted 05-20-2015 04:14 PM


-- Alvarez

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