Beer mug

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Project by Ted78 posted 11-18-2019 06:10 AM 578 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cut down a hackberry at work. I liked the pattern in the diseased wood and decided to make a beer mug for my boss. The heartwood turned out to be be pretty soft and rotten. I put several coats of wood hardener on it. I had never used it before, but it seemed to do the job. I gather the stuff is just clear acrylic plastic in an acetone and methanol carrier. The inside was still really rough though. I torched the inside (yes with the wood hardener already applied, I did it outside and tried not to breath the fumes) Then smoothed out the charred inside as best I could and re-applied the wood hardener. I coated the inside with an outdoor spar urethane. (I’m hoping for it to be a least a marginally functional vessel for beer) If anyone has a better idea for the inside finish I’m all ears. Added the deer vertebrae for a handle.

-- Ted

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#1 posted 11-18-2019 01:47 PM

If you can find a glass insert to epoxy in, that would make is drinkable!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 11-18-2019 02:45 PM

You could also use a fda approved epoxy for the inside or also try beeswax or brewer’s pitch

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#3 posted 11-18-2019 04:06 PM

That is certainly unique looking. Definitely one of a kind.

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#4 posted 11-18-2019 08:21 PM

BUT; I do agree on trying some other interior thing—The glass insert is a very fine idea—to make it usable for some of the finer brewed beverages.

One of the curses of living in the NW is all the different breweries around—Too many left to try!

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

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#5 posted 11-18-2019 09:36 PM

Awesome! Love hand made beer mugs :-) On the ones I’ve made, I used Alumilite Ultra Clear Cast epoxy to put a few thin coats on the inside. It’s FDA approved for direct food contact but it can’t handle coffee or dishwasher temperatures. Works great for beer though :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 11-18-2019 10:59 PM

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I considered searching the dollar store for a glass insert that would fit, but it would limit the mugs capacity as it’s larger at the bottom than at the opening. I like the fda approved epoxy idea. I have plenty of beeswax I use for toys, but seems like that might be a problem if someone washes it with hot water and dish soap right? I’ve never heard of brewer’s pitch. I’ll have to do some research. Doesn’t need to be dishwasher safe or hold coffee, definitely a vessel for beer.

-- Ted

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