Coffee Mug Walnut

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Project by Sheldon posted 04-13-2008 09:03 PM 1801 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I had some Walnut that I salvaged from my parents house last year… I sealed the ends trying to make blanks for bowls… One of the pieces cracked in half,,, but other than that looked good. I have a friend Reed whose birthday has come up,,, so I cut a blank for a coffee mug out of half of it.

When hollowing the piece out, I find out that it still has some moisture in it… I figured it would.
So once I started turning, I knew I would have to finish it soon. Three hours later and I have what you
see here. I went with a tung oil finish, three coats. That brought out the grain of the wood really well.
Wednesday I will give it to him…..

I still have not purchased a burner to put name year and wood on the bottom of my creations. All the ones I have looked at seem to be expensive. I have to just break down and get one….....

-- Technology is great - when it works......... the Lord is great always.

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#1 posted 04-13-2008 09:19 PM

Nice looking mug. Where do you get the stainless steel inserts?

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#2 posted 04-13-2008 09:19 PM

nice work, where did you get the hardware for the mug?

-- barlow

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#3 posted 04-13-2008 09:44 PM

Nice Work …...150.00 at Starbucks…...Beautiful ….what is your lathe?
Mike in Bonney Lake …

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#4 posted 04-13-2008 09:47 PM

Looks good! I want to know where you got 3 hours to work in the shop! :)

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#5 posted 04-13-2008 09:54 PM

Nice work, what is your lathe?

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 04-13-2008 10:03 PM

Great looking piece Sheldon. I too would like to know where you get the inserts. I’ve seen them somewhere, but cannot for the life of me remember where.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#7 posted 04-13-2008 10:19 PM

nice work sheldon,i do love the look of walnut.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#8 posted 04-13-2008 11:06 PM

Great looking mug.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 04-13-2008 11:07 PM

woodcraft has the kits.

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#10 posted 04-14-2008 01:17 AM


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 04-14-2008 01:27 AM

One of these days I’m going to do one of these. Nice work.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#12 posted 04-14-2008 02:03 AM

Great use of a nice piece of wood Sheldon.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 04-14-2008 02:18 AM


You did a nice job on this turning. You picked a good wood to work with. Walnut is such a gorgeous wood.

Thanks for the post.

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#14 posted 04-14-2008 03:32 AM

Sheldon – Nice work; thanks for the post. Didn’t know there were kits like this out there. My wife would love one like this.

-- Joel Tille

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#15 posted 04-14-2008 04:17 AM

I tried one of these also Sheldon and I sat there for an hour and a half with a forstner bit drilling out the inside. Kinda bummed me out but I am not to comfortable with the lathe. Then…..then I finally fitted the liner and then I dropped the thing and dented the liner at the rim…..then I mis-judged the depth at the base and broke it off….so I spun it around and put alittle base on it…..which looked kinda neat…..but the cup wobbled so I kept tightening the jaws… the dent is not as noticable now that I have perfect teeth marks from the jaws covering it up…...
So Sheldon I think your mug looks really good, but it just brings bang too many bad memories.

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