Another little update. I’ve finished the stave’s and tuned up all the edge angles, so my next step is to smooth the outside. As you might recall I referenced the inside of the stave’s when locating the dowel holes. The idea is of course to have the inside of the bucket as smooth as possible. This worked out pretty good as you can see from the pictures below. I don’t think my bucket will leak through the stave’s now, but I’m not as confident about it being tight where the bottom fits into the lag.
Because the stave’s are aligned on the inside, when I smooth the outside, this will (theoretically) make all the stave’s a uniform thickness. They aren’t very far out, but this extra step will give the bucket a smoother appearance as well. I plan to keep repositioning the temporary bands as I work with my spokeshave. I’m not sure yet how I will hold the bucket during the smoothing, but I’ll figure it out and pass along a photo. As you can see, I’m using ratchet type cargo fasteners which are dirt cheap and really work well.
I also plan to cut the binding materials tomorrow and I hope get them ready. The handle will be riven from a long piece of pine about 1/8” thick and soaked in water for a day or two. Once good and soaked I will try to bend it to a round shape and then put it into the bucket to dry. The bucket will help it retain it’s round shape while it dries. I don’t know how well this will work out, but we will see.
The binding will have to be split in two, again by riving with a knife, and then the pith in the center has to be cleaned out and the bark removed. After that the binding will have to be softened up by pulling it back and forth across a rounded post secured in the work bench or somewhere solid. After that the binding will be measured directly on the buck and marked to indicate where the locking notches are to be cut and then thinned out on the ends.
I’ll be taking photos of everything needed and the methods for the above work as I do it myself, but I just wanted to give everyone a preview of the next steps in the project.
-- Mike, American in Norway