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Project by ken_c posted 03-11-2016 12:30 PM 1212 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think I will make several more of these. Don’t buy the expensive kit at the woodworking stores, go to tjmax or the like and get the cups on sale and cannibalize the guts for your own creation. This one is cherry with the lye treatment followed by Deft spray polyurethane.

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#1 posted 03-11-2016 12:54 PM

It’s fantastic, ken. Good advice on parts too. Got any ‘in progress’ photos?

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#2 posted 03-11-2016 01:07 PM

Sorry, no In progress pic, it went quite quickly sands I didn’t really stop to shoot.

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#3 posted 03-11-2016 05:22 PM

I like how this looks and it is an useful object for those hot beverage drinkers. What is lye treatment?

-- socrbent Ohio

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#4 posted 03-11-2016 06:44 PM

The wood looks awesome.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 03-11-2016 07:27 PM

Beautiful! I would love to hear how you did that!

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#6 posted 03-13-2016 12:52 AM

You said you were thinking of making several more of these. Maybe next time we can get some “in progress” pics. :) This turned out really well. Something that people-in-the-know would realize is not a store bought item. I too am curious about what lye treatment is.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#7 posted 03-13-2016 01:00 AM

lye treatment:
use 100% lye drain cleaner
Mix it with water at the rate of 2 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water. Wear gloves and eye protection and apply to turning making sure that the surface is completely soaked. You should see a color change almost immediately. Let it dry and smooth out with the last grit sandpaper you used just enough to smooth out the grain that the water raised
The surface prep before applying the dye should have no scratches or torn grain as this will be highlighted with the dye. Apply sanding sealer and finish of choice.

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#8 posted 03-15-2016 08:52 PM

This rocks buddy, what a great build. It sucks we live so far apart not that we have jobs and some money for our shops. I really need to make a cpl of these. I’m going to need your help on this one being a new turner. I’m really good at pens though LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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