Wooden Bucket, Pine

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Project by John Millikin posted 1448 days ago 3155 views 12 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 3 1/2 gal pine bucket with steel hoops and a hemp rope handle—doesn’t get more basic than this. The design is ancient and I don’t think anyone can claim it. This is a very versatile bucket; it’s light weight, water tight, nice to look at, and you can put just about anything in it. My grandkids use them for toy totes. While not nearly as difficult to make as a mesquite bucket, it’s very robust, and will last for many years. See more on my website:

-- Jack

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#1 posted 1448 days ago

reminds me of the buckets we used to make ice cream in (downsized version)

-- Kate,

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#2 posted 1448 days ago

I love it, very authentic and nicely done.
What material did you use for the banding? I made a wheel some time ago and could not find suitable material for banding on the hub or rim ….. don’t have a metal shop.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#3 posted 1448 days ago

Those are some awfully cool buckets Jack.
I favorited it and will attempt one down the road.
If it comes out half as nice as yours’, I’ll consider it a success.
Thanks for sharing.

Your donations from the proceeds are very noble as well.

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 1448 days ago

Love this! Reminds me of the water tanks you see all over the rooftops in Manhattan – only just a little smaller. ;-) I bet, however, the construction if very similar!

Take a look –

Great work!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#5 posted 1448 days ago

Wow, wow I love your buckets, awesome job, they are beautiful i have been wanting to learn the craft of making bucket for a long time. I have made one just for decoration on my wishing well, however it would not hold sand with out it leaking out. I looked at your web site and i would love to take one of your classes. I need to find out how much it would cost for a plane ticket from SC to Arizona. Maybe i can swing it. Another problem i might encounter is when the doctor planing on perfoming my carpal tunnel surgery. If i can get everthing right i might take a class. If not this year maybe next.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#6 posted 1448 days ago

Impressive looking bucket. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 1448 days ago

Cool bucket.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1448 days ago

Nice bucket. I remember my grandpa letting me pull the rope from the well, with water in a bucket.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#9 posted 1448 days ago

Those buckets are the coolest thing since the other side of the pillow. I’d love to take your class. Unfortunately I live in Portland, OR. I have a good friend in Phoenix though who is a budding blacksmith. I recommended the class to him. Nice work.

-- Steve, Portland, OR

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#10 posted 1448 days ago

rare to see coopered items. thanks for sharing

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#11 posted 1443 days ago

Great bucket! Been seeing something like that around the Tucson area lately. When ya gonna buy some of this mesquite?

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#12 posted 1443 days ago

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#13 posted 1442 days ago

I mill and dry my own mesquite, but if you have a good supply at a GREAT price contact me thru my website. thx, jack

-- Jack

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