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Building Your Canteen

Read part 1 here


1⁄2″ thick lumber – 48″ long
1⁄4″ thick plywood – 10″ x 20″
1 each, 2″ wide cotton/linen carrying strap
1 each, 2″ strap buckle (optional f/ carrying strap)
2 each, 3 1/2″ long x 1⁄2″ wide leather pieces or steel strap
1⁄2″ leather banding or steel strap (for the hoops)
20-24 each, ½” or 7/16″ long, upholstery tacks (for “hoop” trim and carrying strap)

Cutting the Staves

Cut your staves from a 1⁄2″ thick piece of square lumber. If the piece is long enough you may only have to do this once and create all the staves from one piece of lumber. You may substitute shorter pieces and repeat the cut. Set your table saw blade to cut at a 15-degree angle and rip down one side, creating your first bevel. Adjust the table saw fence to the “Stave Outside Width” of the stave you selected in part 1 (3/4 gallon or 1 quart). Flip the board where the bevel is facing down and is against the fence of the table saw.


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