Get the last drop out of your bucket and minimize waste. Extend the life of your favorite bucket by cleaning it instead of letting dried mortar ruin it. Toss unused material into the trash and don't wash it into the yard where it leaves a big mess or kills the grass. Spend less time standing out in the cold hosing off buckets and mud pans. Leave the scoops in your mud pan so it will be there whenever you decide to return... no rust! Keep your mud free from lumps and crumbs by removing dried material from the sides of the bucket.
Make multiple tools and keep one in your paint box, one in the drywall box and one in the basement. They are compact and FREE. One bucket will make 6-8 tools.
Coming soon, a paintbrush and roller cleaning tool.
Step 1: Draw Vertical Lines
Step 2: Draw Horizontal Lines
Step 3: Create Curved Edge
The tool works best if the curve is on the flat edge rather than the concave edge. See how the scoop is at a right angle to the lettering? You may prefer your edge on the concave. It's a bit stronger that way when scooping, but less effective when scraping a dirty bucket or loading material into a drywall pan or into the trash.
Step 4: Cut the Curve
Step 5: Smooth the Edges
Step 6: Check the Curve
Step 7: Creating Outline for Mud Pan Tool
Step 8: Variations
Buckets that have been sitting outside are not good candidates. They get too brittle. Don't feel you have to cut up one of your good buckets! It's okay to use buckets that have a layer of mortar or stain stuck inside them. If it doesn't come off during the cutting and shaping, then nothing significant is going to come off onto your project later.
Metal buckets are too thin with the exception of the top rim area. Metal scrapers develop a sharp edge that scuffs up paint buckets and then the buckets are hard to clean. It doesn't matter if mortar buckets get scuffed.