I'm not ready to change my last name to Cooper but they will have to do for this year's Pennsic. I have a small metal pot I plan to heat water in over the fire. I then can use my wash bucket and my rinse bucket to do laundry, dishes, etc. No glue or nails used I the making of these new items. Some day I may try to make another using traditional methods but this was a LOT of fun for a first bucket.
Started out as 1X10 with some knot holes. Marked the sections with the least holes I could use.
Ripped into 12 staves 1/4th of the board width.
Created a jig to cut the angle on each stave. Since I was using a jig all staves would be the same width. I planned on 20 staves which meant a 9 degree angle on each cut.
Used a modified ball peen hammer. I ground the hammer down to make a straight peen face. I then used that straight peen to knock notches into only one side of the metal strips. I found this metal by the side of the road when I was on a walk with my kids. I imagine it was some sort of strapping left over from construction. There was recently completed road construction but they didn't do a good job cleaning it up. By striking only one side it stretches that side which makes a slight arc. When made into a hoop the top of the hoop will be slightly smaller than the bottom. Fits the bucket better.
Made a second ring. Note that the ring was a bit too big. Oops. Had to toss it and make another. Good practice. I used it here to hold the staves in place so that I could remove the tape.
Had some issues. And, by some issues I mean about 2 hours of rework. The first bucket leaked... a lot. I soaked it for 2 hours but still leaked a lot. I then took it apart. I placed the staves in the sun to dry and started making a new bottom. The first bottom didn't have a very snug fit. It leaked the entire contents in about 3 minutes.
After the new bottoms they both leak a little. I will soak them a bit and hopefully the staves will grow as they absorb the water. Eventually I filled them and the level of the water dropped by about 2 inches in 20 minutes. Yes, it leaks a little but for now that will have to do. It holds water long enough to do laundry and wash my body with. Will soak them overnight and see if they hold water better. When I hold them up to the sun and look at from the inside I see no light at all. There must be a slow leak somewhere on the bottom.