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#1
steamschooner

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I needed to make a half dozen fire buckets for my project so I took a few photo's to show how I made mine. Once I had a size in mind I made a pattern and cut some thin brass to that shape.pattern and bucket stock.JPG I than tinned opposite ends and opposite sides. So that when the brass is rolled into a cone the tinned ends will be face to face.tinned.JPG I used a tapered dowel to help form the rolled cone shape for soldering.rolled and sodered.JPG rolled and sodered 2.JPG The rolled forms are a little long/tall for triming down later. Using a block of wood with a hole drilled just shy of bucket height and snug at the top i than placed a ring of wire around top of bucket and soldered in place.bucket in hole.JPG using the tapered dowel while soldering ring in to place helped line things up.inter and outer forms.JPG Should come out looking like this.bucket with rim.JPG the next step was to cut out small disc of brass that was just a bit bigger than the bottom of bucket. with the disc on the end of the tapered dowel a bucket was lower over the end and pushed the disc to the bottom of bucket but not clear thur. Just enough of a lip to solder it in place, Some clean up with files and paper is next.bucket with handle.JPG Lastly some paint and install handle.bucket painted.JPG Not sure when it became the practice of painting fire buckets red or if there ever was a rule to do so. 


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Cap'n'Bob

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That took some mighty creative thinking to come up with the method to build those buckets.  Well done.

 

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Edited by Cap'n'Bob, 22 August 2016 - 03:50 PM.

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Mirabell61

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Steve,

 

those fire buckets for sand look very realistic. Are you going to mark them with a white "F" ?

Well done  :)

 

Nils


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steamschooner

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F buckets.JPG You mean like this, Nils :)


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Steve,

 

yep, wunderbar !  ;)

 

Nils


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Nice work and many thanks for passing on your experience Nils.  This process will come in very handy for my next build.

 

cheers

 

Pat


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Awesome job!


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Very ingenious Steamschooner - I'm going to file that away.

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