This is my first attempt at blogging and I must admit that it has been more frustrating to do than actually building the mug experiment.
The steps I took to build all of them was the same. The only thing that changed was the materials that I used. Each of those mugs were built using 24 individual segments or staves. I joined a 7.5 degree bevel on each side of the staves then butt glued them together. I worried latter that the butt joints might fail and leak but only time and use will tell for sure.
When I built and posted my tilting router lift One of the LJ’s commented: “That thing is awesome, I just can’t imagine what I would use the tilting action for. I’m sure we’ll see it in action soon!” His comment got me to thinking about the mugs and how I might improve the glue joints and the strength of the build itself. So I decided to do an experiment using the tilt feature of my new router lift to improve the joining of the mug staves.
For this project I decided to use a piece of 2×4 cutoff to build the mug I didn’t want to waste precious hardwood for an experiment. This is a fourteen sided mug and the degree of bevel I needed to make it work was 25.7. I decided to make a tilted rabbited joint. Now, you can’t find a stock router bit with a 25.7 degree profile. But with the tilt feature I was able to use a common straight bit to do the job. Are the imaginative juices flowing yet?
There are 71 pictures of the build most of them with descriptions and they are all on Photobucket. So rather than importing all of them to this blog I am going to provide a link to the photo album. This might not be the most convenient way to do this but I have already spent most of the day being frustrated by my lack of blogging and computer skills. So bear with me and enjoy the pictures.
I know that some of you more experienced woodworkers will find that taking pictures of some of the most obvious steps redundant but for others it might be of some value. Photobucket
For those new to photobuket, double clicking on the first picture in the album will enlarge it and then you can read the descriptions under it. Use the arrow key to advance to the next picture. You can also select the slide option.
-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green