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#1 posted 1052 days ago
Really enjoying this Blog Mike unique project that even covers making the tools way cool.Great job.
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#2 posted 1052 days ago
Hi Mike,It’s looking really good.I look forward to get to this, but first I have a binding lever to do, hope tomorrow… (Had a migrene / pain day, so I had to stay in my bed and ride it over).I have all ready though so I will be fast on the run.Best thoughts my dear Mike,Mads
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#3 posted 1052 days ago
looking good Mike
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#4 posted 1052 days ago
Thanks guys. We are making progress. I think the most difficult part of this project will be getting the dowels between the stave’s aligned properly, that and the bindings I guess.
I wonder what the guys who made these buckets 1,000 years ago would think if they could see us doing this project. They would probably think we were nuts considering all the power tools most of us are surrounded with.
I have to admit that I felt a little silly explaining the angle thing and a lot of other stuff too to woodworkers pf your caliber, but I don’t want to leave anything out in case someone relatively new to woodworking wants to have a go.
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#5 posted 1051 days ago
you were fast with this one Mike :-)I just think they wuold go beserk and punch out projects like it was santa´s shop :-)and Ithinkthey proppebly used an adze and drawknife instead of plane´s back then
if you want a little exstra background from the historic wiew of the Viking and his toolsand havn´t seen it before then look at this Vidio episode Roy Underhill made over a Vikings toolchest plowed upby Danish farmer http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/video/2800/2812.html
#6 posted 1051 days ago
don´t think so ,we all preciate a detailed toturial :-)
#7 posted 1051 days ago
Thanks for the link Dennis. I really enjoyed that episode. I bookmarked it too so I can see more later. I think the woodworker/blacksmith guy was really talented and knowledgeable. It’s wonderful that they are teaching people in developing nations how to make their own tools and how to use them too. I would love to learn about metal working, but I’m sure I would burn the house down if I were to try it.
#8 posted 1051 days ago
uhhh then you better stay out of that trade we still need your small goodies coming out of your shop… :-)
yes he is talented :)I didn´t know of the chest either before I stumpled over the vidioclipI will see if I can find out witch Museum the original chest is on here in Denmarkit can bedifficult since they sometimes wont tell people what they know just like cardplayers hold the card tight to the body ,silly since it is people whopay them and have the right to see the treassures
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#9 posted 1051 days ago
Looking great Mike.
This is how my grandfather would build a bucket. He built his own house from lumber he took from his land. But ya know looking back at the house I don’t think he owned a level.;)
-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com
#10 posted 1051 days ago
Dennis I know what you mean about the museum thing. Like everything else it’s all about money. I can understand that, but it would at least be nice to know what they have on display.
Dave I do admire people who are willing to have a go, and your grandfather sounds like one of those people. Your comment about levels reminds me of my wife’s uncle. He is retired now, but he was the best best house builder in our district (and probably a lot of other districts) Off and on he had his young son Jan Magne with him at the various work sites. Jan Magne would annoy his dad by going around and checking everything with a level.
Another housebuilding story concerns my wife’s home which was built in 1952. It was a time of much housebuilding in Norway not so long after the war and it was hard to get builders (her uncle was only 16 at the time). So they had to get some barn builders instead. They used axes instead of planes, etc. to fit windows, doors, etc. Not much fine carpentry there, but the house was nice in the end and it’s still in good shape!
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#11 posted 1051 days ago
Interesting stories Mike. We were in Misiouri visiting my wife’s relatives. Driving along a road we saw a sign about the Levi Snelson cabin!! That was her gg or ggg grandfather. We stopped to see it. His cabin was used for the first courthouse in what would become the state of Missouri. It was near the Trail of Tears the Cherokees marched to Indian Territory. Many of the Indians still will not use $20 bills because of Jackson’s picture on them. One of his family was killed by Indians, so he was a bit harsh, I guess.
Anyways, back to business; the instructions are well written. I have a minor migraine going and only had to read it a couple times, so yoiu know it is easy to understand!! :-))
mafe, sorry to hear of your episode. I feel or have felt your pain, literally!! I’ll PM you.
-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence
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#12 posted 1008 days ago
I’m trying to size the length of my staves. What is the difference in size between the short staves and the two long staves for the handles?
-- If you can't joint it, bead it!
#13 posted 1008 days ago
Hi Steve. I have done my long stave’s a couple of inches longer than the short ones. I doubt there is a rule for this though. I think you should just use a length that gives you the look you want. I’m pretty sure that’s what they did in the past. The drawing of the bucket from the earlier blogs will give you an idea what the author of my book on this subject preferred. It seems you are making good progress now. It will a little time before I come with the next blog as I have been very busy with everything but woodworking this past week.
#14 posted 1006 days ago
Thanks Mike – I am not there yet either. I just needed an informed opinion of what might look right as a starting point so I can gather the right length materials.
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