Making a wooden butter churn.

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blackteaonesugar

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The metal hoops are most probably made in the same way as wagon/cart wheels.

The hoop is made very slightly small, chucked in a fire to get nice and hot and expand, then hammered on whilst hot.

As it cools it shrinks and pulls everything rock solid.

 

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When you do come to put this together, on one of the sides of the staves (preferably the same one all the way round) take a thickish piece of wire and gently tap it with a hammer until you have a shallow dimple running along the length of the side of the stave. Then take a couple of wispy shavings with a good sharp plane. Once all assembled as the wood takes up moisture and the parts expand to seal up the barrel the dimple rises and becomes a small bead that acts as a waterproof seal.

I havn't come across that before. Dashed clever. Now all I have to do is remember it should I ever need the same, or similar seal.

Thanks Droogs.
geoff
 
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