Ancient Bucket Master Class with Stefang #3: I got sole

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Blog entry by daltxguy posted 02-13-2011 12:21 PM 2856 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Plane body glue up Part 3 of Ancient Bucket Master Class with Stefang series Part 4: Tools complete »

Next step of building the plane to be used for planing the inside of the staves to make a wooden bucket – the traditional way. Today, I cleaned up the dowels and pins sticking out – paring it away with a chisel and then I added the sole finally.

I used Mike’s (stefang) technique for measuring, marking and chopping out the opening in the sole to fit the curved blade.

I don’t know if Mike was kidding when he said he chopped out the 45 degree ramp in the sole in 40 seconds. It took me about 40 minutes. I think each subsequent step in a complicated project takes me longer and longer as there is more at stake if I make a mistake. I didn’t want to do a do-over – though, who knows, I might find out later that I have to anyway.

So, today, I marked the opening for the blade in the sole. I decided to chop it out entirely using chisels only. Slow going but a surer way of ensuring an accurate opening, given the other options I had.

Then set up for chopping out the 45 degree extension of the plane ramp through the sole. I used the cutout from the plane throat as a guide. Mine looks like swiss cheese now as I use it for testing out hole sizes for pegs and dowels.

Fast forward and we’re done…

Ready for final glue-up on the plane

And add some glue and lots of clamps and that’s it for this weekend while the glue dries

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

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#1 posted 02-13-2011 02:07 PM

Very nice result Steve. I cut the initial throat hole with my scroll saw. Chiseling the ramp took about 40 seconds. However, the speed isn’t important, I only mentioned it so others wouldn’t worry too much about doing a good job this step.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-13-2011 02:08 PM

Wauuuu, looking really nice.
Fine work on thet mouth.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 02-13-2011 08:50 PM

Nice work! I like your choices of wood – beautiful.

-- Clarence

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 12:30 AM

is this black walnut?

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 10:42 PM

Moshe – I think this is black walnut – but actually not 100% sure. It was from the offcut pile from Halswell Timber that I bought from them a few years ago. It looks like walnut but not completely convinced.

The cross piece is Kwila ( or Merbau – same thing)
The body is Rimu
The dowels are Red Beech

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

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 11:30 PM

I gotta make one of these.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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