Ancient Bucket Master Class with Stefang #4: Tools complete

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Blog entry by daltxguy posted 02-19-2011 09:55 AM 3694 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally back to the shop to finish off the final bits of the plane.

I am following Mike's ( stefang) master class on a medieval bucket

If you recall, the plane is being created in order to plane the inside of the staves to the curvature of the bucket. As well we need a ‘binding lever’ which will be used to install the willow band around the bucket once completed.

Ive chose to pass on the lagging knife. There appear to be other methods available. i might regret this but for now, I don’t have a knife I could use anyway.

The bottom has been glued up, the side of the sole was squared up to the side of the plane and then the curve of the stave marked out and ready for shaping.

I shaped starting with a block plane to get the edges

And finished up with a spokeshave to get it to the final shape

It’s harder than it looks. The walnut seemed hard to shape without some tearout and some chatter but I think it should be ok

And now for some final shaping. I just freehanded some curves to a Krenovesque shape, being careful not to take too much from the thickness since I started with a 2” block. A decidedly un-medieval method using the bandsaw was used.

After the bandsaw:

and some sanding

some linseed oil and she’s all done! Ain’t she a beauty?

But does it work? Well, I can produce shavings. the opening of the throat seems ok – nothing getting caught up in there

And eventually I did manage to get the correct curve on a test piece. Though I think it still needs a bit of fine tuning since the curvature of the blade and the curvature of the sole does not exactly match. I think I need to tighten the curve of the blade to prevent digging in on one of the edges. I will have to take the blade back to the grindstone.

Then to the binding lever.This took almost no time at all.

Cut a blank on the bandsaw – using NZ Red Beech again.

Use Mads’ pdf template. I just traced over the template with a ball point pen and impressed the design onto the blank and then darkened the lines

and cut on the bandsaw. note: the circular part was drilled out first.

And some work with the spokeshave, sanding and some linseed oil finish. I may still need to shape the bearing surfaces but I left it for now until I know more about how it will be used.

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

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#1 posted 02-19-2011 12:21 PM

Very well done Steve. Your plane is beautiful and so is the binding lever. It’s interesting that none of our planes resemble each other, but they all well suited to the task. The woods you are using are really nice too. Thanks for this great blog.

I’m sure you will find a way to cut the lag without the lag knife. You just have to make sure the lag is an even depth from the concave surface of your stave’s so that it will get full contract with the rounded edge of the bottom.

It looks like you are ready to start constructing your bucket now. I hope you enjoy the process and I look forward to seeing your progress.

I haven’t worked on mine for a few days as I’ve been pretty busy with other things this week. I probably won’t be doing much on it before Monday. I have to shape all those dowels so I don’t have to worry about them breaking when I fill my bucket with water.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-19-2011 12:57 PM

Thanks Mike – yes, finally on to the bucket! I have a bit of fine tuning to do on the plane but I am pretty pleased with it. It’s harder than I thought but I had good instructions to avoid many mistakes, so thanks for that.

I think curving the front of the throat is a good thing. I got that from Mads’ build.

I’ve got some pine that we milled back in Sept for the staves. I think it would work well, though this pine is notoriously bad for being weather resistant, so not the best choice for holding water.

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

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 04:28 PM

looking gooood steve :-)

a totely different thing now:
last year my sisters daughter had been on a student exchange in New Zealand …and gess what :-)
in the fammely where she stayed the father introduce her to woodturning ….iiiihaaa she is so hoooked
on wood and the diffferent kind of wood you wont believe it :-)
I just got the news monday when I talked with her a few minuts at my mothers place she even
one time made the turning of the month in the turners club … maybee one day I can talk her to try another
trade of the woodworking , but for now I´m excided just to have another member of the fammely
to talk woodworking with
now I just have to find out who the man is so I can thank him :-)

take care

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 12:07 AM

Thanks Dennis. Well, it wasn’t me but I glad your sister’s daughter was exposed to woodworking. There seems to be a lot of wood turners in NZ – even some tool makers (woodcut) and lathe makers (teknatool) – and indeed there are some very nice woods for turning.

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

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 10:34 AM

Awesome looking plane, Steve. I really must add “make a plane” to my list of things to do. The list is sooooo long already tho!

Nice to hear you have an application for that pine. It should last a while if you have the discipline not to leave water standing in it for any longer than necessary. I’m sure I’d lack that discipline, or at least get distracted and forget to empty it sometime.

-- Dave, Christchurch NZ

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#6 posted 02-27-2011 02:48 PM

Hi Steve,
What a beautiful plane you have made there!
I love it, it have a classy design.
So now we are on the run again, just waiting for our wonderful mike… (poor him).
Best thoughts,

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

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