Making an ancient bucket with stefang and mafe

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Blog series by Clung updated 02-15-2011 12:54 AM 4 parts 7750 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: those cold Alaskan Winters

02-07-2011 08:34 AM by Clung | 3 comments »

In order to feel part of the group and add to the bucket making fervor I will take stefang’s advice and also blog on my bucket making progression. Unfortunately, I have no intelligent insights to offer or really much of anything at all to add to MaFe’s ingenious inventions and stefang’s expertise, but I am enjoying all the posts nevertheless and the discussion that is being produced by this project. My excitement was such that as I began to consider my alternatives for...

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Part 2: planes and staves

02-10-2011 01:06 AM by Clung | 5 comments »

The plane irons from Lee Valley arrived yesterday so I was able to continue work on the ancient bucket project. I was really happy with the plane irons once I was able to look at them. Dressing them with fine sandpaper on top of the jointer bench revealed them to be perfectly flat, and the shower of sparks generated from the shaping process indicated them to be fairly high carbon steel. Because I had already made the width of the plane body before ordering the blades I needed to grind a li...

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Part 3: planing stave angles

02-11-2011 02:28 AM by Clung | 5 comments »

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 wo...

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Part 4: bucket comes together and the handle comes to be

02-15-2011 12:54 AM by Clung | 2 comments »

The bucket continued to come together using the marking methods explained in the previous blog entry. The last stave, or weeping stave was narrower than the rest which, by using the same method, I was able to mark out with the knife and plane down to the exact width prior to planing the angles. I then curved the outside edges of the staves with a spokeshave in a similar manner as Stefang. This process complete, they could now all be assembled into a fine looking wooden bucket. I t...

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