Mafe's wood bucket (Mikes ancien bucket class)

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Project by mafe posted 04-27-2011 07:02 PM 5582 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mafe’s wood bucket
Mikes ancient bucket class

I have finally done it!
My bucket is completed.

Quite some time ago our friend Mike asked if anyone wanted to participate in a building an ancient bucket class, I turned in and was fast hooked. To do this with Mike has for me been a process of learning, I made my first hand plane, some tools and discovered old ways of doing things, but Mike learned me more than that he learned me patience, to wait and to listen, to even enjoy that things had to take time and for these I will always be grateful.
Also I made a close connection with Mike, and this I will keep in my heart as a sweet memory, for a while I felt like a son trying to copy the fathers way to be, but slowly I felt it like a friendship.
So thank you Mike and the others that was on this ancient bucket class, I enjoyed every moment, and will look forward to see more bucket become reality.

Here is my bucket!
Ok I have to admit it was not water tight, in fact it was not water tight at all.
The bindings are too loose, but since I don’t plan to use it for water, and I like them as they are, I will keep them for now.

1. The bucket.
2. Open.
3. Water world…
4. Using the plane made for the bucket.
5. Pallet wood set up to become a bucket.
6. One day at the time.

So my dear Mike I did it!
Slowly at the end, but I did it.
Hope you can forgive my water world, as I have told you it was a pleasure to make this journey in our past, to get a little closer to my inner Viking, study, make experiments, create theories, do, be, laugh and at the end be able to say I did it.
Thank you Mike.

You can see the finale blog here:

Hope it can be to some inspiration, it opened my eyes,

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 04-27-2011 07:09 PM

It looks good and that’s already enough :) Snow, sand, or as a late thought, as a flower pot ;)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#2 posted 04-27-2011 07:28 PM

i can’t help but wonder if the men of old
also had some other knowledge
that researchers didn’t think to check about

like maybe they boiled some pine pitch or beeswax
in water
and filled the new buckets with that first
until they stopped leaking

much as we put water sealer or wood preservative on today

regardless you made a beautiful bucket
along with many other useful things

and along the way
helped us all
to enjoy the journey too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 04-27-2011 08:10 PM

That is one cool bucket well done my friend.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#4 posted 04-27-2011 08:34 PM

Nice looking bucket Mafe. So if not water, what will you be keeping in it? ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 04-27-2011 08:43 PM

How about an ice bucket for your lovely ladies champagne?

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#6 posted 04-27-2011 09:03 PM

That is an great looking bucket. and I agree who says you have to use it for water. there are lots of uses for buckets. You can carry things like Milk, Soda, Orange Juice, Oil, Mineral spirits, Vodka, Stain, Well you get it…....

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#7 posted 04-27-2011 09:13 PM

That looks great! How about using it as a tool bucket?!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#8 posted 04-27-2011 09:21 PM

waaayyy cool, mafe…congrats on your bucket.!!! I love handtools, so I’m thrilled you learned to use them & made such a super project…

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#9 posted 04-27-2011 09:39 PM

What a wonderful bucket Mads.
I enjoyed following along as you built it.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#10 posted 04-27-2011 09:49 PM

It’s a beatiful bucket, shop-made with a vintage look. But like most of your projects, I’m here for beautifully photographed vintage and/or shopmade tools. So obviously, this one didn’t let me down. Excellent work.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Jamie Speirs

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#11 posted 04-27-2011 10:18 PM

very well done

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 04-27-2011 11:28 PM

Quite an accomplishment! I enjoyed reading your blog posts on this one. It would be nice to see more people making pre-modern woodworking projects.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#13 posted 04-28-2011 12:23 AM

A job well done and very practical

-- Ray,Iowa

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Monty Queen

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#14 posted 04-28-2011 01:19 AM

Wow awesome looking bucket. I must put this on my bucket list.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#15 posted 04-28-2011 01:34 AM

even though it ain´t watertight
it still looks great and would be a joy to have on any picknictable
with tiny warm Danish meatballs in ….lol
yes its a good looking bucket Mads no doubt about that …congrat´s

take care

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