This blog is just a summing up of the work so far and what’s ahead. I spare you the logos this time.
WHAT WE’VE COVERED IN THE BLOG SERIES TO DATE
1. Materials for the bucket and the shop-made tools were acquired
2.The round bottomed wooden plane was finished
3. The ‘Lag Knife’ was finished
4. The binding lever was made.
THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
I’ve gotten a question or two about the number of participants.I have no idea how many are participating in this somewhat strange project now or how many intend to do it at a later date, if any. My good friend ‘Mafe’ aka Mads from Denmark has enthusiastically been with and he has finished making his plane and he has blogged how he did it. He has also provided good advice to me from time to time as we worked. ‘Daltxguy’ aka Steve from New Zealand is also participating, and lastly Flemming also from Denmark is with. It would be fun with more people, but I’m quite happy having fun with Mads, Steve and Flemming.
MISTAKES?.... WHAT MISTAKES?
I have tried to give accurate info on the dimensions of materials and tools, but I have failed a couple of times and Steve has spotted my errors and saved us from time to time. Mads just ignores my methods and does things his own way, but always a good way. Now that you guys know that I’m not perfect, I can only hope you will not tell my wife!
PROOF THAT SOMETHING IS HAPPENING
Here is a photo of my tools finished in photo 1. I have tested the plane and the lag knife and they work just fine. I can’t try the binding lever until I have a bucket and some bindings to install. And Photo 2 is to show Steve who discovered I hadn’t quite finished the binding lever by curving the leading edges of the mouth, that I am now on the ball. I still need to refine it a little, but it does show the idea at this point.
SO WHAT’S NEXT?
Well, we have our materials all stickered and waiting for us to start making the bucket (photo 1). I cut my materials today. The materials for the staves is cut at lengths a little more than double the stave lengths. Remember though that two staves will be longer and the handle will be attached to them. I estimate that the longest staves, two in all will be 9” long and the shorter staves will be a little over 7” tall. Three boards will be used for the bottom and they should altogether make a width of about 9, but here again ad a couple of extra inches. We will be starting with the bottom tomorrow* and maybe work on the stave’s as well.
I also included a shot below of the willow tree which will be providing me with the bindings. I’ve been cutting it down every year to keep it off my garage thinking it a real pest when all the time it was actually a gold mine!!
Thanks for reading.
-- Mike, American in Norway