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lucas moncada
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Where could one find hoops for Coopered buckets? I can not seem to find any.
 
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traditionally the hoops for buckets are made by the cooper, they use an interlock formed by the two ends of the wooden hoop.

If you are talking about the metal hoops for barrels, those are also made by the cooper.

Depending on the size of the barrel the hoops could be as thin as 20 gauge or as thick as 3/16, width is also determined by the barrel size.
Metal hoops usually have two rivets each and they are formed (taper) to fit the shape of the staves.
 
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Are they made of a particular metal? Are there sites where it can be bought?
 
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I use 1070 mild steel for mine. I heat it in my forge and then hammer it to fit. I have a standing ring that the cask staves are set into and it has an adjustable clamp to pull the staves tight to each other at the middle, then I can use rope or strap clamps to pull the ends together for hooping.

The problem with anyone making bands for sale would be making them so they would fit tight and so hold the staves of an unknown barrel together.
At the big Cooperages they have turned this into one of the specialty jobs.

Are you just wanting to try coopering or are you trying to make this a hobby? There is a lot to learn to be a cooper and several specialty tools are needed too.
 
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:I use 1070 mild steel for mine. I heat it in my forge and then hammer it to fit. I have a standing ring that the cask staves are set into and it has an adjustable clamp to pull the staves tight to each other at the middle, then I can use rope or strap clamps to pull the ends together for hooping.

The problem with anyone making bands for sale would be making them so they would fit tight and so hold the staves of an unknown barrel together.
At the big Cooperages they have turned this into one of the specialty jobs.

Are you just wanting to try coopering or are you trying to make this a hobby? There is a lot to learn to be a cooper and several specialty tools are needed too.


Looking to make it a hobby. I had bought "How to make a coopered wooden bucket" that got me started.

I have the tools and have my staves held with bands at the moment, I just need a way to keep them together. It does not need to be metal but, I would like it to look nice as I plan to sell them.
 
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Wood bands look nice, are pretty easy to make too.

coopering is a good book to have
 
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:Wood bands look nice, are pretty easy to make too.

coopering is a good book to have




Is there a particular site/book that shows how to make woods bands? I have read that there are usually made from white oak.
 
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yes they are usually made from white oak. the best book is "Country Woodcraft" by Drew Langsner, 1978 Rodale Press.

Judith Browning put up an article that showed her husband Steve making a bucket with wood bands. Here making wooden buckets
 
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