Ringmaster/Lathe Mug

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Project by cajunpen posted 10-12-2013 07:09 PM 3672 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing Danal and Monte's beautiful mugs I decided to try one myself. Dan cuts his from a solid block of wood on his bandsaw, Monte cuts strips and glues them together – so I wanted to try something a little different. I cut the rings on my Ringmaster – then I turned a bottom on my Lathe and glued the two components together. Once the glue cured (overnight) I went to the lathe and trued up everything and sanded. I applied Mylands Friction Polish inside and out.

I can’t draw a straight line, so I was worried about the handle for the Mug. Not to worry, I happened upon a PDF file that Steve Good had posted. Steve was kind enough to offer plans for his Scroll Saw mug, handle included in plan. I printed out the PDF file, glued up the paper pattern to a piece of Beech and cut out the handle, sanding it smooth on the Spindle Sander.

I have not got the final finsh on this mug yet, just the Friction Polish. I plan on putting an Epxoy on the inside of the mug to waterproof it. I am also looking for a vinyl Saints Fleur Di Les for the exterior and them I will apply Epoxy to that. I will re-post this after I get it all finished. I’m waiting to talk with Danal about the Epoxy before I go any further.

Forgot to mention the wood species – it’s Steamed Beech.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#1 posted 10-12-2013 07:52 PM

very nice mug man. are you going to sand the handle and contour it, or leave all the sharp corners?

-- The wood often tells me what it wants to be... great... now the voices in my head have company....;-P

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#2 posted 10-12-2013 08:38 PM

Very cool. I like the look of it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-12-2013 09:11 PM

Looks good, and the handle shape is nice although it might be nice to round over the sharp edges.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 10-12-2013 09:15 PM

Thanks guys, I do plan on rounding the handle edges over. I have a little more work to do – like applying epoxy on the interior and wipe on poly on the exterior. Just was so tickled with the mug I couldn’t wait to post it :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 10-12-2013 09:38 PM

Once you apply the epoxy is it safe to drink from?? Will it hold up??

Looks great

“Who Dat”

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#6 posted 10-12-2013 11:45 PM

Awesome mug Bill with the different ring tones. Cool handle. Looks like a handsaw handle.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 10-12-2013 11:50 PM

Becikeja – My understanding is that virtually any product manufactured in the USA is food safe – providing you allow it to fully cure before using it. I don’t plan on using or selling any of my products until after at least a 30 day “curing” period.

Dave, I love the handle also, but I can’t take credit for the design. Steve Good actually provided the pattern for me to cut it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 10-13-2013 12:09 AM

Great looking mug Bill and you solved the 1/2” hole in the bottom by turning it on your lathe. Good solution.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 10-13-2013 12:13 AM

Looks good, can’t wait to see finish. I agree a little more sanding on handle.

-- Dan

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#10 posted 10-13-2013 01:01 AM

Very nice Bill, actually there’s one other way to do it, :) I make mine from the actual limb of the tree also using the bandsaw.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#11 posted 10-13-2013 01:14 AM

Randy those are a couple of good looking mugs. Sounds like you use the same process as Danal, only his are Octagon shaped, made from the bandsaw. That is on my list of things to do soon.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 10-13-2013 03:05 AM

Very nice job. I also agree that the sharp edges on the handle be rounded. It would make it more comfortable to hold when full.


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#13 posted 10-13-2013 03:54 AM

Wonderfull solution of cup making problem.Bottoms up!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 10-13-2013 09:37 AM

Nice job on these. I like them a lot and they look like they are just waiting to be filled up and enjoyed.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#15 posted 10-13-2013 05:28 PM

Great job on the mug. I was thinking about getting a ringmaster, and wanted to get your thoughts on them as you have one. I look forward to seeing the final pics.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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