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Project by Lazyman posted 02-28-2016 12:05 AM 2163 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this beer tankard for my cousin. She wanted one that was made similar to a barrel so I cut staves out of white oak and glued them up with Titebond 3. I used TB3 because I wanted it to hold up to minor spills and cleaning (see my problem with glue up failure while turning posted in forum here:

I didn’t want to worry about which finish was beer safe or might taint the flavor of the beer (that would be bad) and I found a 16 oz stainless steel liner designed for a turned travel coffee mug and designed the mug around its dimensions. I made the staves a little longer than needed and parted it off to final length after shaping and hollowing to to fit the insert just in case I messed something up because this was my first real project turned on my lathe. The steel bands were scrounged from Home Depot. They are steel bands used to hold a load down on a pallet. Ironically, the only ones I could find made of steel came from a pallet of Jack Daniels whiskey barrels that were for sale in the garden section cut in half for planters. The bands were originally black so I sanded and polished them on my belt sander and then used pop rivets to join the ends and ground the rivets flat on the belt sander. Because the tankard is narrower at the top, the bands are pushed on tightly, though the handle also acts to lock them permanently in place.

Because I wanted this to be water resistant, I decided to try using a CA finish. 6 coats of CA turned out pretty nice though there are a few flaws that I didn’t notice until after I polished the finish. After applying the finish while mounted on the lathe, I scraped off the finish where the handle would be mounted, drilled 2 holes for dowels and mounted the handle with epoxy. I also applied 5 coats of the the CA finish to the handle The bottom of the tankard is also glued in with epoxy. Finally, the stainless steel insert was glued in place with epoxy as well.

This was great fun to make and I learned several new techniques in the process, including a little metal work and a new finishing technique.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#1 posted 02-28-2016 12:36 AM

Id drink a beer out of that! And im a whiskey guy. Nice work.

-- Andy Smith

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#2 posted 02-28-2016 12:38 AM

Makes me thirst for a nice imperial IPA.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#3 posted 02-28-2016 01:08 AM

Thats way better than a coffee mug….and I’ll bring to that. CHEERS!!!

-- I aspire to be a novice woodworker...

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#4 posted 02-28-2016 02:11 AM

Nice build

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 02-28-2016 04:41 AM

Yeah, that’s pretty darn cool.

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#6 posted 02-28-2016 04:57 AM

Bottoms up, cheers! Very well done turning. Metal parts look just great too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 02-28-2016 06:49 AM

Wow, thats a very impressive piece of work, I was wondering just who these days drinks out of wooden vessels.
Sort of like drinking tomato juice from a peweter mug!
It just goes to show!
So I am assuming you buy a kit of parts and build suit.

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 02-28-2016 01:19 PM

Nice, can you share where you got the liner from?

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#9 posted 02-28-2016 02:20 PM

Nice, can you share where you got the liner from?

- TDominy

My local Woodcraft and Rockler both have versions of the liner for $10. This one came from Woodcraft. The difference seems to be that the Woodcraft version has threads so that the coffee mug lid screws in while the Rocker version just has a rubber seal and is a pressure fit. If you want to use the lid that comes with it, the pressure fit version from Rockler makes it so that you can put the opening anywhere you want which would be a lot simpler with the handle so would work for left or right handed use for example. I also found the same liner at and Note that the one I used actually has a small mounting thread on the bottom that would allow you to mount it to a screw located in the bottom of the mug. This would theoretically allow you to remove the insert for washing but I opted to permanently glue it in place.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 02-28-2016 02:43 PM

This is the reason I hope to someday acquire a lathe. Wonderful work!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 02-28-2016 03:05 PM

You did a wonderful job on this project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 02-28-2016 08:18 PM

Love it!

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#13 posted 02-28-2016 08:28 PM

Well done, now I think I need a beer :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#14 posted 02-29-2016 03:11 PM

Awesome! A nice cold one sounds great!

-- Tim, Delaware, and YouTube:

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#15 posted 02-29-2016 04:48 PM

Thanks for all the kind words. Now that my friends have seen it, some are asking if I’ll make them one.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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