How to Make a Wooden Water Bucket

Written by mary gonzales
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Besides being useful for carrying water, wooden water buckets can serve as containers for various household items and for growing plants. Filled with flowers such as marigolds or impatience, these buckets can be a decorative element on a deck or patio. You don't need to spend a lot of money to buy one from a store, however. Using simple, durable materials, you can easily create one on your own. The entire process will only take a few hours.

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Things you need

  • Pine wood
  • Measuring tape
  • Handsaw
  • Different grades of sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Wooden rings
  • Small nails
  • Rubber mallet
  • Wood putty

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  1. 1

    Cut the pine wood into tapered sections, each measuring one foot in length, with your handsaw. Cut one more piece of pine wood into a circle 6 to 8 inches in diameter for your bucket base.

  2. 2

    Sand the wood pieces thoroughly, applying progressively lighter grains. Once you reach the lightest sandpaper, turn it over and rub your wood pieces to create the finest finish possible.

  3. 3

    Place your wood pieces around the bucket's circular bottom, and carefully hammer these in place with the small nails, one at a time. Make them fit as tightly as possible in order to prevent leaks.

  4. 4

    Hammer your largest wooden ring from your bucket's bottom part to its top using a rubber mallet. Continue hammering until the ring reaches two-thirds of the way up your bucket. Hammer the smaller wooden ring about one-third of the way up your bucket. The rings will make sure that the wood pieces are tightly sealed.

  5. 5

    Turn your bucket over and clean its top and sides with your sandpaper. Pour water into the bucket to test for leaks. Use a small amount of wood putty inside your bucket if you see any leaks.

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