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Old 08-29-2016, 04:23 PM
Two Many Cats Two Many Cats is offline
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Why are Buckets Round?

Buckets, Pails, Barrels, why are they round?

The question occurred to me while re-reading Little House in the Big Woods.

Grandpa Ingalls is described as making buckets for collecting maple sap. The illustrations show the buckets as round, as most buckets are of course.

However, it seems to me that making round buckets from scratch using wooden staves would be a pain in the ass. Is there a reason square buckets wouldn't work? Would they leak or something?

Of course now, with plastics, you can make buckets whatever shape you want. But when the average person thinks buckets, they think cylindrical.

Is this just habit? Or do square buckets not work well?

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