Homer Hopper Part 2 – Homer Bucket Modifications

Homer Hopper Part 2 – Homer Bucket Modifications

Difficulty: level_1

Time Required:

One morning or afternoon (For the entire project)


This is part 2 in the series documenting how to create your own Homer Hopper.  If you haven’t seen the introduction yet, please check it out.  In this post, we’ll be cutting the required openings in the bucket.

Posts for this project:

Part 2: Bucket Modifications (this post)
Part 3: Wooden Base
Part 4: Mill Box
Part 5: Funnel Panels
Part 6: Final Assembly
Part 7: CAD Drawings

Tools required:

Jig saw or oscillating tool
Drill with 3/16″ drill bit, maybe a 3/8″ or 1/2″ for starter holes for saw
Deburring tool (optional)
Transfer punch (optional)

CAD files & Templates:

Homer Bucket Modifications

*All of the drawings and templates will be relocated to a final location after all of the posts are complete.

What we’re building here:

007b-Homer Hopper - front view  007b-Homer Hopper - bottom opening


Video of the process:


How to do it:

First, print out the window template.  You’ll want to cut out the very center in order to line it up with the center on the bottom of the bucket.

007b-Homer Hopper - Bucket bottom  007b-Homer Hopper - bottom window template

If you have a transfer punch, you know what to do.  If you don’t, just transfer the pattern to the bottom of the bucket in order to be able to cut out the large rectangular window and drill the 4 holes.

Marking the centerlines on the Homer bucket

You’ll want to make sure that you align the side window with the window on the bottom of the bucket.  As you can see, I’ve traced all the lines out with a permanent marker.

007b-Homer Hopper - drilled holes


Just inside of the lines, I’ve drilled some larger holes that are big enough to get the blade of my jigsaw through the plastic to get started.

007b-Homer Hopper - side window

Mark out the side window and drill a starter hole here as well.

Once you’ve got all your holes marked, go ahead and start cutting.


Cutting this bucket with a jigsaw is not exactly fun, safe or appropriate.  Be extremely careful and keep your hand away from the blade at all times.  If you have a way to secure the bucket while you are cutting, please do so.  Alternately, you may have some other better way to cut the bucket.

Deburring tool

When you are done, you can use a deburring tool to clean up all of the edges you cut and drilled.

Up next…

Creating the wooden base

Missed a post?

Part 2: Bucket Modifications (This post)
Part 3: Wooden Base
Part 4: Mill Box
Part 5: Hopper Panels
Part 6: Final Assembly
Part 7: CAD Drawings

Thanks for your interest in this project!



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