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Project by TheeWoodShed posted 494 days ago 1541 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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)

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."





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jeffswildwood

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#1 posted 493 days ago

Great work, I really like these! I bet the angles were tough.

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Belg1960

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#2 posted 493 days ago

I was watching a youtube video yesterday where they used the metal hose clamps and they looked like they were just the ticket. They actually linked two together to get the length required.

Your projects look like they were fun to make. I would love to see the jig you mentioned for the bevels

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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BentheViking

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#3 posted 493 days ago

i love hickory and i love buckets, barrels, and mugs

just wish I could learn to make some of this stuff

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 493 days ago

Very nice work good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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TheeWoodShed

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#5 posted 493 days ago

@ Belg1960 – My jigs are very crude! Made from oak, I just figured out I wanted 1/4” taper on each side of the bottom of the stave. So like a table leg jig, mine is like, but yet smaller for my staves. I will get a picture of them soon, but trust me, not impressive, but they work. The bevels are also easy with a table saw. When I make buckets by hand and hand tools, no two bevels are exact. They are close, but always a bit different. My goal is to make them water tight! So I plane them by hand to fit the stave next to it. But with a table saw, if I have 8 staves, I need 22 1/2 degrees on each side of the stave for it to be round. 18 degrees for 10 staves. 15 degrees for 12 staves, etc…

@ BentheViking – Not sure where you are from, but I teach classes throughout the year at the village, to make buckets and butter churns by hand, the way our ancestors did back through the centuries.

Thanks for the comments!

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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Belg1960

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#6 posted 493 days ago

I guess as a beginner to this type of project I guess for me its just as important to find out how the jigs are as the jig itself. I’m a very visual person and usually have trouble following the technical aspects without a picture. Thanks for any help with this. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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TheeWoodShed

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#7 posted 493 days ago

Pat, I just used a paint shop thing to draw a rough drawing of my taper jigs. But it says I have to post more than 5 to send a message to you. Not sure if I can send you a picture that way or not, so will post it here. All I do is keep face side down, run through the saw with the left jig, then flip the board end for end and run it through with the right jig. Always do #1 first or it wont come out right with the bevels. ~ Mark

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 493 days ago

Very impressive work. Most of us are not coopers. But if you get bored, maybe do a blog on the building of these. It would be very interesting. May I ask what you use for the bands?

Most importantly, Welcome to LJ’s

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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TheeWoodShed

162 posts in 494 days


#9 posted 493 days ago

Monte, I’m in talks with a production company about doing a historical video on 1700’s and early 1800’s White Coopering. Very few exist on the market and we want people to know we still produce and work in our shop the same way they did hundreds of years ago.

Plus I’d love to do some short video clips of modern bucket making using today’s power tools. But as I was once told… I have a face for radio! LOL Meaning I shouldnt be on television! My 5 minutes of fame came when I was on the television show, American Woodshop with Scott Phillips. He did a segment from our shop back in 2010.

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 493 days ago

I keep telling people I will post a good picture of myself when I actually take a good picture of myself. Some old man keeps showing up in them. :-)

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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staryder

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#11 posted 492 days ago

I have always been in awe of Coopering and have always wanted to try it. Thank you so much for sharing this post. That is a wonderful skill you have, all the while making it sound so simple…. If possible please figure out a way to show more along the power tool line method….
Thanks Rick….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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