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Blog entry by mafe posted 12-08-2013 01:23 PM 3346 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ash bucket lid
wood over ashes…

I have stoves in both the home and the workshop.
As a old boy scout (35 years ago), I do have a great respect for the fire hazard of ashes, so I wanted ash buckets to keep the ash in for some days before it goes to the trash. Also I can be more lazy, just have to do it once in a while. Smiles.

After making the bucket with Mike (Stefang), I thought I needed to make a matching lid for the metal bucket.

Decided to make it a hand tools only project, manly Japanese.

First step is to plane down some pine boards, recycle, the frame of a box mattress.
Glue them up and clamp them together, here I use Japanese Hatakane clamps, I kind of like this type.
(You can learn more of the process in my Japanese toolbox blog).

Once the glue is dry, it’s time for some planning, I never get tired of this, to see the woods inner nature come out.

No rocket science here.
Bucket science, just draw the size on the wood!


I just restored a wonderful old Danish frame saw, so I would do the sawing with this.
Looks so easy!

Looking closely at my work…
Not as easy as it looks.
Looking like a drunk man on his way home, guess I need a load of practise on this.

Clamping the wood like this made it quite a lot more easy.

And we got it cut out.

But this is really not a finish – ay?

So I run some strokes with a hand plane, fast and easy.
Just be careful to read the grain.

Before and after.

Next step is to cut the recess that will make the lid fit in the bucket.
I made a cutting gauge for this:
And then it was just to cut…

That day I had to go to the public laundry, since we were living in the work shop for a while.

So I brought the needed tools in a sock and used the waiting time, doing the cutting.

Clean clothes and a happy MaFe.

Back in the work shop I cut a hole in the centre, added a leather string and shaped the lid a little, this just for design, to give at shape and make the edge look thin and crisp.
Left the surface a little rough to make it suit the other bucket.

The leather string just got a knot on the back side.

The happy couple.

I’m really happy, this looks cosy.

For my home I also made some lids of plywood, these just two cut out circles glued together.
Actually these were made for woman’s hygiene in the bathrooms.

But one was used for a little bucket with fire starters.

But I do prefer the solid wood.

But they are a nice match, here in my home.
On the floor is a sour dove bread in process, I will make a write up soon on this as promised.

Perhaps it can inspire to go cover ashes with wood.

Best thoughts,


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

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View balidoug's profile


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#1 posted 12-08-2013 02:12 PM

Dull wood, metal pail.
Creative spark transforms the
mundane into art.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 02:46 PM

Very nice write-up as usual Mads.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#3 posted 12-08-2013 02:50 PM

Looks great!
Now all you need is to make a pair of these for the bread…

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#4 posted 12-08-2013 03:12 PM

Hi Mads,

I like the wooden lid, it makes your ash bucket look a lot nicer. I was just sitting here watching my wife decorate our Christmas tree when I read your blog and it struck me how similar we think, (minus the creativity on my part of course). So I hope you don’t mind me posting what was in front of me while I read. Please note the ash bucket to the right, without a wooden lid unfortunately. I am hoping that it will confirm that I am even lazier yourself.

I enjoyed our bucket making adventure together a lot and I am ashamed to say that I accidentally deleted all the photo bucket photos from the related blog some time ago while cleaning up my albums. It was a real disaster for me because of all the good memories lost.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-08-2013 03:32 PM

Wow, Mads, those lids really dress up the buckest!

Thanks for the photo journey as you created them.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 12-08-2013 05:39 PM

Great project Mads! It’s amazing how much wood you have recycled over the years into great projects.

But wait, no shop drawing?? Lol

-- I never finish anyth

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 12-08-2013 05:41 PM

Nice looking pair, Mads!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 12-08-2013 06:47 PM

You do amazing blogs Mads.

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

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#9 posted 12-08-2013 11:54 PM

Mike – I noticed that all the pics were gone from your bucket blogs. I was going back over them to pick up where I left off with my bucket since I finally have all the materials to finish it. (Though I must rescue the willow from outside before it is completely buried in snow and ice).
Luckliy though, Mads still has all his pictures up so I can follow along and continue my ancient bucket( I will be ancient by the time I finish it!)

I also do need an ash bucket!

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

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#10 posted 12-09-2013 01:08 PM

Nice work Mads!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 12-09-2013 03:30 PM

Hi ho,
Maveric, Dan did I miss out on you? Don’t think I saw any projects lately… I had more than 600 useen mails in my LJ in box.. So I simply had to trash and then catch up where I can. A busy year here, nut happy and landed again.
daltxguy, yes my blog is still there, but we are many that are sad that we lost Mikes blog. I have the same challenge that some projects are on LJ, some on photobucket and some on my own server… Perhaps LJ could make a function that could make them all upload to LJ…
Topa, Smiles frim the child here.
Jim, We should not be alone.
Philip, no drawing, this was no rocket, so I could manage – lol. But I just checked my pipes were there. ;-)
Lew, explorer in wood…
Mike, it looks wonderful there, yes I can see we are thinking the same way. ;-)
This year I will have no tree, Mathilde will be with her mother, so Christmas alone is not really calling for a tree..

This year the kayak is the ChristMads tree – lol.
Kærlighedsbamsen, actually they are on my todo list! I am working on a blog now about sour dove baking, that I will post here on LJ soon.
Madts, thank you.
Balidoug, beautiful words thank you.
Best thoughts and thank you all,

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

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#12 posted 12-09-2013 05:03 PM

Sounds great. I really could use a update on that mistery surdejs-thing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#13 posted 12-11-2013 03:33 PM

Sometimes the simplest of things can be appreciated for their functionality and add to our lives. Nice presentation of a simple but good idea. Who wants to look at ashes anyway?

Keep ‘em coming Mads.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#14 posted 12-12-2013 08:10 PM

Will do Bamse.
Ken, yes who wants that, even I plan to end like it…
Smiles thank you.
Best thoughts,

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

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#15 posted 01-17-2014 06:17 PM

Woodworking at the Laundromat huh, only Mads! Lol

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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