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Blog entry by stefang posted 1205 days ago 2506 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A progress update.

I haven’t been in the shop for a few weeks due to illness. Now I’m ok and back at it. As you might remember, I had been struggling with the bindings. these are willow branches that are split, planed down and joined with a specially cut joint (no glue or fasteners).

Well, I’m glad to report after working my way through about 10 of these and having failed 9 times, I finally learned it! I can now say that I can properly split branches and get 2 bands from 1 branch, plane them evenly and cut the joints properly. Personally I’m not too impressed with my learning ability, but I am relieved that I can now finish my project before I die of old age!

Today I managed to get 2 more bands made and installed. I also put a bevel on all the edges including the bottom inside and outside, likewise the top rim and handle ears. The critical part is the bottom as this can chip out when you set it down hard. This work took about 1-1/2 hours. I still have one band to go, but it was either to continue working or have dinner and I’m not known to miss a meal.Besides the remaining band, I have to make a handle, but unfortunately I’ve run out of wood for that, so I have to get some tomorrow. Below are photos of my progress so far. The first pic shows the binding joints which I am much too proud of.


I am wondering how all of you other participants are doing with your buckets and I hope no one is getting discouraged by my unplanned delays or having the kind of technical problems I’ve had. I hope to hear from you soon!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.



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daltxguy

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#1 posted 1205 days ago

Mike, glad you are back and healthy! Your bucket looks excellent. If you didn’t tell me that a band was missing, I wouldn’t even know it.

I’ve managed to begin on the bucket itself and I have the bottom glued and planed and am ready to start on the staves. I’ve got my pine wood selected. I’ve been delayed, not by sickness but by a rush to finish some outdoor house maintenance tasks ( trim painting, adding insulation) before the fall season closes in. Darn it, I actually had to light a fire this morning, so not a moment too soon. I hope to make better progress in the next few weeks.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Bertha

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#2 posted 1205 days ago

To your health. The bucket is fabulous!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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patron

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#3 posted 1205 days ago

such a nice piece of work mike

take your time and enjoy
it’s not like you will be making endless trips
to the stream for water

one good journey
bucket in hand
in pictures

and the world
will see the value of your work

stay healthy
enjoy

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 1205 days ago

great to hear you are back on your feet Mike :-)
and the bucket looks good even with the missing band and handle

take care
Dennis

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Dave

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#5 posted 1205 days ago

Mike is back. woo woo.;0;0 OK I got to ask the question. hmmmm. Lets drink to your health. Would you have a container that say holds water?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1205 days ago

That is awesome Mike! Looks better than originals, It is good enough to bury in the peat bog to mess with the minds of archaeologists in 3030 ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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stefang

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#7 posted 1205 days ago

Steve It’s so weird thinking that you are in fall there while we are in spring. I hope that you, like myself will be able to spend more time in the shop in winter. As for myself, I now have to get the garden into shape and then paint our house. That’s why I’m already looking forward to next winter and envying you in the meantime.

Al Your are a master of the overstatement, but thanks for your encouragement.

David I will take those pics with the bucket full, but I just hope I won’t be mistaken for a statue in a water fountain!

Dennis Thanks, it’s good to be back in the shop, at least for the little while I have left before the upkeep season starts.

Dave I do have a container that holds water, but it’s probably not my ancient bucket. I am (unrealistically) hoping though.

Bob Thanks, how long do you think I would have to keep it buried in the bog before selling it to a museum? I could use the money after all the dental work I’ve had done recently. I got the dental work so I could continue to eat properly, and now my teeth are better, but I can’t afford to buy food now. Life is a constant catch 22, lol.

It’s been good to hear from all of you and I hope to show you a finished product very soon, including the ‘wet test’. That is bound to be the humorous part of this project and also to seal my fate as a class leader for future projects.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 1205 days ago

I have often thought how much simpler life would be if we just grazed like cattle do, or maybe browsed like deer ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 1205 days ago

even the best teachers has to bee tested now and then to bring them back to earth
so start smile at yourself while we laugh before and not after …. LOL

take care
Dennis

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stefang

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#10 posted 1205 days ago

Sounds good Bob. There were times in Norway when people added ground tree bark to stretch the flour they had for baking bread, and of course dandelion leaves taste quite good.

Luckily I don’t have to make a living as a teacher, but if I did I would teach my pupils everything I know and then retire on the 2nd day.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Brit

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#11 posted 1204 days ago

Great job Mike, you should be very proud of your achievements.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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stefang

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#12 posted 1204 days ago

Thanks Andy. These buckets are actually quite simple to make and shouldn’t take much time either, but the tool making and other skills required to make the bucket did make it a bit of a challenge. Though I expect that some others could learn it quicker than I did. That said, it is always a bit of a triumph when one finally gets it right.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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mafe

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#13 posted 1204 days ago

Hi Mike,
It’s looking good, really good, I was planning to make mine with more narrow bindings, but… We will see.
Now I just need to be back in buisness again, thought you would finish way after me, and now it seem like it has turned, life is so wonderfully impossible to guess.
SIMPLE!!!
I just made a handplane and spend 40 hours making mine…
Laugh.
No it’s true, it is simple, but just a lot of new to learn.
I love the process.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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stefang

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#14 posted 1204 days ago

Hi Mads. My strategy was to delay the progress so you would lose interest and then I could come back with a fast finish to be first, This seems to be working, lol.

I can now say I know how to make the bands properly. Today I did the last one and they all look as good as I had hoped. I did pay a high price in terms of time and materials to learn this skill, but now I am proud to have an ancient skill.

I am cheating on the handle. I bandsawed several thin lenghts of pine and laminated them. They are clamped onto a round form and are now drying. It was getting near dinner time so I did this last bit rather quickly, so I’m not sure if it will be good enough. It’s the first laminated bent work I’ve done. I probably shouldn’t have rushed it, but I might not get into the shop for long tomorrow and I want to finish the project and do the water test. I need a good laugh.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 1203 days ago

Mike, Ii believe plumber’s water test waste lines by filling them with water and they have to hold it for 24 hours without leaking. How long do you hope to hold it without leaking? ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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