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Blog entry by stefang posted 1282 days ago 2391 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a short EMERGENCY BLOG concerning the dowels in the buckets. I haven’t noticed it before, but I found a picture of the dowels used in the traditional buckets.

The dowel was shaped like a woman, that is a slim waist in the middle and pointed on both ends. The reason for this is that when the bucket swells from water a great deal of pressure will be applied to the dowels and they can break in the middle.

There’s no explanation in the book, but I think the most vulnerable point is the middle because that area of the dowel is in the joints and any unevenness of the stave’s at that point can produce enough leverage to break the dowel when expanded by moisture.

The idea here is to make the center about 2/3 of the diameter of the dowel with a smooth transition like a woman’s hips. (Sorry girls, I couldn’t find a better form to describe this). The ends are with a taper of about 1/8” or 3mm.

I apologize for coming so late with this information, but this info was somewhat obscure in my book. I have most of my dowels done and now I have to pull them out and carve them into the required shape.The Author said that if you won’t be filling the bucket with liquid, then you won’t need to do this step.

I have to go shopping with the wife now, but I will get a picture of the shaped dowels later today. I hope this doesn’t cause you a lot of aggravation.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.



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mafe

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#1 posted 1282 days ago

Mike….
Don’t be sorry, it’s fine, and it makes sence, it will also be easier to align.
I’m not sure I will redo mine since I will not use it as a water bucet, but I do understand the reason, and find it clever also for the fit of it, in this way you will get some slip also.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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stefang

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#2 posted 1281 days ago

Glad it’s not a problem for you Mads. I was most worried about you because you seem to be the farthest ahead. Here is a picture of the dowel and it’s shape. The point must be on both ends.

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Also a photo of me making the dowels. I have a much faster way to do this with angled holes and the dowel stock mounted in my drill, but I did it this way for fun.

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Now I just need to find a way to cheat on shaping my dowels. My Dremel maybe? I have to do this because I really want to see if my bucket will hold water, even though I’m pretty sure it will leak a lot. If nothing else it will make a great and humorous photo.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 1269 days ago

Looking fun to me.
I will love to get one of those dowel plates like LN make, but they are too expensive to be fun.
So I guess I also have to make one of these at a point…
I used much larger dowels, and this was not too easy.
I’m getting a little impatient here! lol.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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