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Fiftyfour

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Wooden Canteen
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:51:54 AM »

Has anyone made a wooden Canteen?
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Re: Wooden Canteen
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 01:06:53 AM »

I have one a friend made for me.  Only problem is you need to keep water in them all the time for the wood to stay swelled and will not leak.  If empty they will dry and open up so will not hold water until submerged for a while to get the wood to swell back and tighten up again.
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Re: Wooden Canteen
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Re: Wooden Canteen
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2018, 02:07:19 AM »

That guy is being pretty generous on that style wooden canteens military usage.
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Re: Wooden Canteen
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2018, 05:08:22 AM »

A very popular style of canteen used ca. 1750 to 1850 was called a cheese box canteen. These were made with two round sides and a piece of very thin white oak quarter sawn. The oak was steamed,  and wrapped around the sides pieces and nailed in place when dry. Bees wax was then poured in and sealed  all around.  That's the simple instructions. There are other small details when you get into it. This type of canteen does not dry out and does not need to have water in it all the time.
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Re: Wooden Canteen
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Re: Wooden Canteen
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2018, 02:57:01 AM »

Mt Long Hunter
Did you make the one in the photo? This the type I want to make.  I wonder if shaker box construction methods would work.
Must be that the wax seals the lap joint? I really like this Canteen.
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Re: Wooden Canteen
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2018, 06:22:02 AM »

Fiftyfour... yes the one in the photo is one of my build. Titebond 3 is what really seals it up good but the beeswax keeps water from soaking into the wood and gives the water a little sweet taste.
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Re: Wooden Canteen
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2018, 09:47:59 PM »

I have a wooden canteen made for me by Sue (Dogspit) Bender, a very accomplished cooper.  It is made of red cedar, lined with wax.  It is watertight.






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Re: Wooden Canteen
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2018, 03:53:42 AM »

That runlet is really nicely done. It looks like it has about 18 staves. The cuts need to be pretty accurate. If each cut is off by 1/4 degree there's an 9 degree discrepancy when the pieces are assembled.
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Re: Wooden Canteen
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2018, 11:03:42 PM »

Spinner:  Sue learned her craft from Boyd Philips in Washington, I believe.  She is very skilled, and a heck of a shot with (choose your weapon here) including a primitive bow.  Here's a water barrel she made for me too.




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Re: Wooden Canteen
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2018, 01:30:52 AM »

Sue sure knows how to shape wood!   God Bless,  Marc
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Re: Wooden Canteen
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2018, 05:39:59 PM »

That is really nice work. Here's one I made as an experiment. It has 24 staves, and getting everything to fit was a real challenge. I also made it from chestnut, which looks really good but would hold liquid about as good as a tennis racket. It is a nice decorative piece, however and I learned much about what to do - or not - when making staved items. (Rule #1: 24 staves means 48 dead accurate cuts).





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