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#1 posted 04-06-2021 09:45 PM

I assume you are talking about the diagram below. The calculator assumes you are going to make the staves out of flat boards and shape it to round. Shaping the long staves to round before glue up might be a little challenging. If I were doing this, I would glue it up and use a hand plane (for example) to round the corners to make the entire barrel round. The narrower the staves the less you will have remove to make it round but you will have more corners to shape. Does that make sense?

EDIT to add: Do you also need to make the interior round? If so, the same rule applies—the narrower the staves the less work to round them; however, doing that after the glue up would be pretty tough so you might need to cut coves on the table saw or possibly with a router table or jig.

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