It’s time for a few changes here at American Preppers Online.
Hello, my friend and welcome back! First, let me say “Thank you” to all of my loyal readers who have stuck with me while my eyes healed. You are the reason I am returning to writing this blog.
When I first started writing this blog, I did it because I wanted to share the knowledge I have picked up over the years, to help others prepare for SHTF in +whatever form it may take. The trouble is that I now find myself sharing the same information that can be found anywhere on the internet. I want to give you the reader something you’re not seeing on other sites, but yet, still imperative to you surviving SHTF when it comes.
As a result of this, I have been searching the internet and Prepper websites to try to find a subject line that is missing from many if not all of the others. Over the years I have given you a high-level overview of surviving, and I think it’s time I gave you something more. I think we can all agree that whatever form SHTF takes, it will last for many years afterword’s if not decades.
No matter how many preps you have saved up, or tools you have in your supplies, they will all eventually fail you. Then what? It’s not like you can run to “Wally World” +and buy a new item to replace the one that broke. You will need skills and knowledge to continue to survive in the aftermath of a major SHTF event. Do you know how to make a wooden bucket or replace those plates and bowls from raw materials? Not just at a high level, but the knowledge to actually do it is what I find missing from most of the Prepper Websites. This will be the new direction of this website and I hope you will enjoy it.
Now, because I will be going into much more depth in the post, I need to reduce the number of post from one a day, to one or two a week. Each post will be much more in-depth and where I can, I will include videos and images with them. I hope to make them much more interesting and enjoyable to you the reader and hopefully help you survive and thrive in a time when other people can’t.
I’m going to start out this new direction with a video that will help you learn how to make a wooden watertight bucket. After the video, I will discuss my thoughts and Ideas on the subject, so grab a cup of coffee and have a seat, my friend, while we watch the video “Traditional Cooper – History and how to make a wooden bucket.” Uploaded to YouTube by Sidney Living Museums.
Now I don’t know about you, but the first thing that came to my mind was “Where would I get a metal strap to put around it? One idea for this would be using old bicycle tire rims and beating them flat after removing the spokes. I would think you could also use heavy solid wire and twist the ends together instead of using Rivets.
So how do you calculate the angle of the edges to make the wood fit together and be watertight?
I did some checking and this is what I found:
Finding the bevel angle. The bevel angle has nothing to do with the diameter, although it seems like it should. The bevel angle is purely a function of the number of staves: the combined angles of all the joints must always add up to 360 degrees in order to have a complete circle. So, broken down: Bevel of board 1 + Bevel of board 2 = 360 degrees/number of boards. Since the bevel on each board is the same, you can reduce that to 2 x bevel = 360 / number of boards, or bevel = 360 divided by the number of boards divided by two. In this case, that’s:
Bevel = 360 / 24 / 2 = 7.5 degrees
Now, as far as rivets go, you could cut up a nail or a piece of old bicycle spoke into short pieces and use them instead.
Just remember, buckets have been built since man was living in caves almost, so it can be done. Knowing these simple concepts, however, will go a long way in helping you build buckets and containers when the time comes.
Well, I guess that’s it for this week, and I hope you have learned something. Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!