Hickory Bucket

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Hickory Bucket; twelve tapered staves, bent wood handle and dado inset bottom. Approx 12 inches tall with poly finish. I have made many of these out of pine, cedar, oak, walnut, and hickory. Each stave is cut with the table saw set at 15 degrees and tapers from 3 inches wide at the top to 2.5 inches at the bottom.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 01:36 AM

I haven’t seen many buckets on here. I like it. Thanks for posting it.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 02:06 AM

Very nicely done. Love it. I’d like to see some of the others!

-- Clarence

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 06:45 AM

A lost art, buckets and barrel making. Nice work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 01-13-2011 09:18 AM

Very nice job. I was wondering how you kept the water from leaking. Just water-proof glue enough?

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#5 posted 01-13-2011 01:13 PM

Thanks for the compliments… really isn’t meant to hold water. The buckets usually end up being magazine holders, plant holders (with a pot inside), or even an office waste basket. The old fashoned buckets were held together with metal bands, and the swelling of the wet wood made them nearly water proof. I sometimes add leather bands around the outside, but just for looks.

-- jbschutz

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#6 posted 01-13-2011 05:49 PM

Wow Jbschutz I love your buckets i been wanting to take a course on making buckets but i had carpal tunnel surgery. So i did not, However making buckets interest me. I made one for my wishing well. I need to start making some more. Thanks for posting they look great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#7 posted 01-14-2011 01:17 AM

So what’s the secret? Do you turn them after the glue-up like a big bowl? I like this a lot. Youve got me thinking. Nice work. The bent wood handle and pins are really nice.

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

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#8 posted 01-14-2011 01:50 AM

To answer Schwieb’s question….The 12 staves are glued up, and then the outside corners are freehanded down, first on the jointer, then the belt sander, working toward a smooth rounded profile. The final sanding is done with a random orbit sander, going from 120 to 220 before the poly finish is applied. The inside is left faceted. The handle pins are actually Shaker pegs, trimmed down to size. The handle is 3 thin layers glued and bent over a jig I made for the process.

-- jbschutz

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