Walnut and Maple Mug

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Project by cajunpen posted 07-20-2014 11:52 PM 1890 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this mug from Walnut and Maple. I was concerned about the handle being strong enough to handle the weight of liquid, so I drilled a 1/4” hole in the top (from inside of mug into the handle) and bottom (from outside the handle into the bottom of the mug) and then pinned them both with a piece of 1/4” Maple dowel. I think that the combination of glue and the added pins will make this handle quite sturdy. I didn’t want a Ringmaster type plugged bottom, so I mounted a piece of 3/4” Maple to the lathe, turned it round, then created a rabbet for the rings to sit onto, this gave a pretty good gluing surface for the bottom to connect to the rings. I still have to go over to Home Depot to pick up a two part epoxy, to seal the inside to hold the liquids. We’ll see how it all goes.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#1 posted 07-20-2014 11:55 PM

Very awesome work. Love it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-21-2014 12:08 AM

Nice work Bill. I love wooden mugs.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 07-21-2014 12:24 AM

That looks great, Bill!

Is that your pencil line still visible on the handle? I’ve done that a few times. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-21-2014 01:11 AM

That looks great, Bill!

Is that your pencil line still visible on the handle? I ve done that a few times. :-)

- CharlieM1958

No it isn’t Charlie – of course I would not be above doing that :-) – I used a different species of wood for the handle and those lines are grain lines, I think it was some Zebrawood, but I would swear to it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 07-21-2014 03:53 AM

I like your mug. I could picture myself having a cup of coffee with it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 07-21-2014 12:09 PM

Cheers Bill. Nice mug.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 07-22-2014 05:37 PM

I can always say beautiful project for that.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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