Manly Japanese Inspired Work Mug

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Project by Lemongrasspicker posted 04-18-2017 12:46 AM 2185 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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So I had recently acquired a full set of auger bits but the box I had for them wasn’t really worth fixing and was pretty much done for. I wanted to do something different and totally overkill for the job of holding the bits and whatever else I’d need to be held.

I was thinking long and hard on the topic and then it hit me like a sack of bricks. A coffee mug!

Cups are seriously one of the most useful things on the planet, we use buckets for all kinds of tasks and all a bucket essentially is is a really big cup.

Anyway for this one I didn’t have the skills to make a “proper” mug so I went with a little simpler design and just kept the angles at 45 and 90’ for the whole of the design.

The wood for the body is some lightly figured cherry, I had some extra bits from another project I’m working on that I have been chipping away at, I absolutely despite wasting any beautiful wood (especially cherry) so even though this is a use item there’s no reason to not use some nice wood. The handle is just some scrap red oak. I’m going to run a dowel through the mounting point in the future.

I say it’s Japanese only in the sense that the angles and the edges were inspired by the shapes and design of alot of old Japanese architecture (google Horyu-Ji temple). If you don’t see it then that’s ok. My use of natural color also is borrowed from the Japanese use of natural finishes.

It’s not something that’ll necessarily go along with me in my toolbox, but it’s the little things in life we have to enjoy. And if you’re going to make something, just remember that nobody ever complained about something being overbuilt.

The biggest thing about this project is that the wife likes it far better than the old (and broken) box that the set came in. I might find a way to reuse the Irwin box but…. sometimes things are just worn out.

Anyway, was a really fun project and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Thanks for reading/watching!



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#1 posted 04-18-2017 10:53 AM

Interesting idea. Nice work.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 04-18-2017 10:10 PM

I do like it even if I am an old mug.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 04-19-2017 04:46 AM

I like the shape!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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