|Project by TheeWoodShed||posted 281 days ago||1347 views||9 times favorited||11 comments|
I’m a Master Cooper for a historical village in NW Ohio. But there, I do everything with hand tools. The froe to split the wood, draw knives to shave and shape the wood, hand planes, croze and spoke shaves. In my home shop I believe in modern tools! After all, thats why they invented them right? LOL I can make 4 buckets in 6 hours at home, or 6 mugs in about the same time. I use a variety of woods for my candy bukcets, mugs and buckets. Usually at customers request or desires.
I use the table saw to cove the boards (usually 3” x 48”). Then I remove my table saw cove jig and then set the desired angle on the table saw for the edges of the boards. I use jigs for the bevels. Then glue up all the staves and clamp (metal hose claps work great). Next day, remove the clamps, use the jointer to knock off the points of the wood before I use my large belt sander to smooth the bucket making it perfectly round. When done I weave the rope handle (simple eye splice) and use natural tung oil for the finish. Usually three coats.
Picture 1: 8 gallon Hickory Keg (working keg)
Picture 2: Hickory Mug (made from scraps of the keg)
Picture 3: Redwood Mugs
Picture 4: White Cedar 4 gal Mugs
Picture 5: Candy Buckets (Red Cedar, Black Walnut)
-- "I'm a Master Cooper by trade and a hobbyist wood worker by night."