Making a small keg.
Posted on May 17, 2012
One weekend a while back I got the idea to try to make a small keg for drinks or other liquid storage. This would be a straight sided, “white cooper” container. I am learning white coopering which covers many straight sided containers such as buckets, piggens, tubs, churns, etc. Making the curved staved barrels is a whole different skill set, which I do not have.
Making something with two ends in it turned out to be trickier than I thought. To fit the end into a bucket you leave the top band in place and loosen or remove the bottom band. This loosens the staves so that the bottom will slip into the crozed groove near the bottom. Doing this from above allows the bottom disc to spread the staves enough to snap into the groove (hopefully). Once the bottom is in place and fits correctly, the bottom band is replaced. But with a vessel with two bottoms I had to insert the second end from the outside, which was as simple, but I finally got it in place.
For the handle I fired up my forge and made a simple iron handle held in place with eye screws. The whole thing was then painted with red milk paint.
After taking this photo I added a small wooden tap in one end.