Travel Mug, Spalted Maple

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Project by scrappy posted 08-01-2010 09:06 PM 2139 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another GoodWill “Re-Build”

Spalted Maple Travel Mug. 8 piece Staved construction. Started with one of those travel mugs that have a stainless steel lower section with the plastic inside and bottom. Removed the bottom and trimmed. Removed the stainless and replaced with the Maple.

Glued back together with GORILLA GLUE that I won on the “Nothing New But Glue” contest. Thanks Again Martin and Gorilla Glue for the contest.

Finished the wood with 4 coats Tung Oil/Varnish. Then Buffed on the Beall Buffing system.

I really enjoy re-building things found at yard sales or GoodWill type places. It gives them a new life and costs a LOT less then buying the “kits” does.

Please leave all comments and critiques. I am always open to other peoples input/opinions.

Thank You for looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 08-01-2010 09:12 PM

cool idea i think we have 1 or 2 of those around the house we are not using good idea to reuse stuff to give it new life

-- self proclaimed copycat

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Ken Waller

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#2 posted 08-01-2010 09:19 PM

Hey Scrappy,
Good idea, good wood, good joinery & good turning. Nice work.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#3 posted 08-01-2010 09:47 PM

fantastic wood you have found there :-)
and thank´s for the idea of rebuild old things you don´t use or just want to improve with wood
........hmmm I think I have two or three in pure platic I think they need a facelift with a file…

may I surgest
the next one you shuold make with a weiter footpiece ,
this one is tall and slim and can easely tip over if you ain´t carefull

best toughts


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#4 posted 08-01-2010 10:41 PM

Thanks for the great comments.

Dennis, I used the original foot from the cup. That is why it is so small. Still fits in a cup holder in the car. Just for info.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 08-01-2010 10:50 PM

yaae that crossed my mind
but I think it wood realy bee a wast of good coffee
not to mention the time to dry/clean after the accident

still a beautyfull mug cop you have

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#6 posted 08-01-2010 11:29 PM

Looks good from here, Scrappy.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 08-02-2010 02:07 AM

Coolcup scrappy. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 08-02-2010 03:39 AM

Very nice job! I really like the spalted maple you chose. It finished up very nicely as well. If I were looking at the mug upside down, what would the bottom be made of? I’m just curious since you said that it was stave type construction. I’ve got one of those stainless kits that I’ve never got around to yet-LOL. Congratulations again on an excellent project.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#9 posted 08-02-2010 04:46 AM

Real nice mug, Dan. And it will be filled with coke and not coffee! Right?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 08-02-2010 04:50 AM

Thanks for the great comments everyone.

The bottom is just a plastic cup, that was on the bottom of the original cup. I cut it shorter, then cut a step into he bottom of the staves for it to inset into. Hope that explains it better for you.

Please feel free to PM me with any questions. I will be happy to answer any and all.

Thanks again.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 08-02-2010 05:00 AM

Looks good. The spalting hides the joints between the staves pretty well.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 08-02-2010 05:06 AM

I like the idea… And I like the cup!! Great Job,
Thanks for sharing…

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#13 posted 08-02-2010 05:10 AM

Definitely like it I’ll have to bring you one of mine for a face lift :) Love ya

-- Amanda

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#14 posted 08-02-2010 12:45 PM

Nice job Scrappy.

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#15 posted 08-02-2010 11:22 PM

Pretty darn cool! Your good….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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