Another short progress report today. I finished rounding the stave’s on the outside using my spokeshave. This was nice to use because I could sit down while doing the work. I wouldn’t have been able to do that if I used my plane. A good enough reason for some folks to buy a spokeshave.
Here is my spokeshave set-up. I have two spokeshaves, one with a flat sole as seen here and another with a rounded sole for inside curves, like for cabriolet legs and such. I have had these shaves about 30 years. I know they look brand new, but I haven’t really used them much. But when I do they are wonderful to work with. A few years ago I read an article in FWW mag., I think by Garret Hack showing how to tune them up for optimal performance. I did this and they perform beautifully now.
The following photos show my bucket temporarily put together. I still have to perfect a few edge angles, shape the handle Stave’s and drill holes in them and make a handle before doing the bindings. So I will take my time to do those edge tune-ups tomorrow or maybe Wednesday if I can’t get into the shop tomorrow.
TAKING TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES
During this project I have heard few comments to our group’s blogs about needing a lot of patience to do this work. I just wanted to say that often we woodworkers get very excited about what what we are making and we can’t wait to get it finished, so we push our wood through our machines making a lot of noise and dust and sometimes wearing ourselves out to get our project finished.
I feel that sometimes we are so focused on getting the work done that we forget to enjoy the work process. Doing a project mainly with hand tools occasionally is a very nice way to do that. it’s relaxing, quiet and dust free work and the slower work pace gives you a chance to think about improvements you might make to your project before the next step.
I would be the last person to give up my beloved machine tools, but this project has been very enjoyable so far, partly for the reasons given above and also sharing the experience with the others who are participating in this project and I don’t regret the slower pace. We amateurs are after all doing this type of work because we like it and we set our own deadlines (or sometimes the wives do).
Thanks for reading!
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.