Christmas Mugs

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Project by TheeWoodShed posted 12-05-2013 02:06 PM 1817 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a couple black walnut mugs for a couple friends I work with at the historical village.

Inside is epoxied and outside it just a poly to protect the wood. Was a fun project as they dont know they’re receiving them.

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#1 posted 12-05-2013 02:24 PM

Dual overhead mugs,cool.

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 02:48 PM


I’m trying to make a cylinder like those and I’m having trouble getting the angle right. I’m setting the blade to the correct angle but my sled must be the cause. I’m not comfortable holding a small piece so close to my TS blade. How did you cut this??

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 03:50 PM

Great work, what angle did you cut them at?

-- KDW

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#4 posted 12-05-2013 04:03 PM

Bubingabill and Vagabondwheeler, I used 18 staves (pieces) so there are 36 edges to bevel. 360 degrees makes a circle so 10 degrees. I use the table saw… I set the blade angle at 10 degrees and set the fence 1” from blade and begin. I have a homemade push stick that keeps my fingers safe. When beveling the staves, I keep the boards at 25”+. Once everything is beveled, I then take them to the radial mitre saw and cut to length. These are 7 1/2” tall and about 4 1/2” wide.

Please ask any questions. If I can answer them I certainly will.

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#5 posted 12-05-2013 04:15 PM

These make a nice project and you did a nice job on them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 12-05-2013 05:14 PM

excellent job. Love them.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-06-2013 02:19 AM

That is so awsome id like to try to make one of these nice work

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#8 posted 12-06-2013 02:34 AM

ThreeWoodShed, do you mind if I ask how you coated the inside? I’ve never really made sense of epoxy. We’re not talking JB weld are we?

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#9 posted 12-06-2013 05:29 AM

Great job. Love them

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 12-06-2013 11:43 AM

Sig, I use a two part epoxy that I buy in my local hardware store! Thanks to another LJ member (Danal), he talked me through using the epoxy. I mix it in a measuring bowl and then pour into the mug… then I brush it up along the sides and rotate it on the table as I pull the liquid up… it soon begins to harden. The pull on the brush get a bit harder… after a few minutes I stand the mug upright. The excess will flow into the bottom, sealing it.

I prefer the epoxy as a person can use hot or cold liquids. Plus its washable (huge plus on this one). But I was very nervous at first in doing this, but it has worked out great!!! Customers love it! For the size mugs I build (7 1/2” – 8” tall and about 4” wide) I use about 2 oz of epoxy. Great thing using the throwaway plastic measuring cups is I can mix only what I need.

But the key, is making the ol sawdust and having FUN in Thee Wood Shed!!!

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#11 posted 12-06-2013 01:07 PM

Did you follow plans or are these of your own design? Look great, would love to make some as gifts someday.

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#12 posted 12-06-2013 02:28 PM

Grady, No plans. When I first started making these, I would go to Dollar Tree or Dollar General and buy a case of plastic travel mugs. Cut the handles off of them and then make my wood staves fit around them. Wasnt always easy and a lot of trial and error. Now with the epoxy, I just make them with 18 staves and when I’m done with the sanding and handles on, I epoxy the insides and poly the outside. Makes a nice long lasting mug.

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#13 posted 12-07-2013 01:04 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed!

A “Master Cooper”. That’s good also. I’ve seen Many TV Shows on the Construction of Wine/Whiskey/Bourbon and Beer Casks (Guinness) Always enjoy watching them. It truly is an Art, in my opinion.

Thanks for Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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