Making an ancient bucket with stefang and mafe #3: planing stave angles

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Blog entry by Clung posted 02-11-2011 02:28 AM 2829 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday I was able to make a pile of wonderful curls

Today I tackled the stave angles. Not one for loving many calculations (mine are usually wrong), I often depend on pictures and this time is no exception. I had my approximate radius drawn on cardboard, and I’m working with the outer circle. All my staves are cut to uniform width, although using my method I don’t see it making any difference.

I carefully place the stave with the one (in this case, I’m working clockwise, so the left) outside corner of the stave on the previous mark. The other outside corner (right in this example) can then be marked with a knife in the cardboard.

Removing the stave, I can then scribe a radius line from the new mark to the center. I use a knife for this just cutting through the first ply of the cardboard, then use pencil to darken the mark to keep myself organized.

Replacing the stave back into its position I can then mark the inside corners of the stave where the line in the cardboard intersects with the stave.

Using a marking gauge, I then scribe the inside along both the edges and plane down to the line.

Just my way of doing things, and I have another 8 to go until the weeping stave. I do prefer the boat tradition better of referring to the last plank as the whiskey plank – although here the outcome may determine the celebrating or mourning. In any event to continue my distrust of my mathematical capabilities, I’m not cutting out my bottom diameter until I have the staves done and will then scribe the circumference into the bottom.

Thanks again to stefang for this wonderful challenge.

-- Clarence

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 06:53 AM

Nice solution. And yes thanks to Stefang I am enjoying seeing the multiple approaches everyone is taking.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 11:50 AM

Clever solution.
Yes it is so wonderful to see how we can end up in so many ways, and this is probably the answer to out thoughts about this, that it was done in many ways.
I do also like you like the whiskey plank. Smile.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#3 posted 02-11-2011 03:08 PM

Nice work Clarence and maybe the most authentic edge angle method to date. I am glad to hear that you are enjoying the experience as this is what our project is all about. I too like the idea of the whiskey plank. It sounds much more positive than the weeping alternative. Thanks for blogging this and I’m looking forward to your next one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-11-2011 03:44 PM

great blog :-)
some nice curly shavings your plane make

take care

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 01:16 AM

Nice to see your version and your methods. So far, no two are the same but all seem to serve the purpose. I hope to be at this stage shortly…

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

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