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Project by Brenton posted 02-08-2009 at 09:15 AM 1337 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second successful cup. You may remember my first attempt splintered at high speed.
This piece came from a friend’s firewood pile, it was wet, black and slimy.

I used a suggestion from a fellow member posted in my last project and rough turned it and then microwaved for short periods over the next week. When it was dry, I turned it down to almost final dimensions and then infused it with epoxy on the lathe. (It really was a little too far gone, some real soft/missing spots)

Then I epoxied in the stainless insert and used a jam chuck on the tailstock side to steady it, set it on low speed and applied 6 coats of Waterlox over the next week.

Parted it off and used the Beall buffs to shine it up a bit.

There are a few small defects, but overall it’s a keeper.

-- Here I post the good, for the rest has become firewood.





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cabinetmaster

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#1 posted 02-08-2009 at 09:21 AM

Great job….......... I just got to get me some of them mug kits and make some for myself. This one is absolutely gorgeous. Job well done. By the way….............what wood is that made of? It looks like spalted maple to me.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Brenton

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#2 posted 02-08-2009 at 09:30 AM

spalted maple, more spalt than maple :)

-- Here I post the good, for the rest has become firewood.

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#3 posted 02-08-2009 at 09:40 AM

that looks great!
one of these days I’m going to have to get a couple of these kits.

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#4 posted 02-08-2009 at 09:51 AM

This is a gorgeous project. You have taken a piece of firewood and transformed it into a work of art. I love the grain and color that you brought out in the maple.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-08-2009 at 10:01 AM

Beautiful, Being a coffee lover too, I am now adding this to my todo list.

-- San Diego, CA

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cabinetmaster

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#6 posted 02-08-2009 at 10:36 AM

Thanks Brenton. If you look at my projects you’ll see a spalted maple bowl I turned. I can appreciate the work you did on that turning. I know how difficult spalted maple can be to turn.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 02-08-2009 at 12:13 PM

Beautiful AND useful! Where did you get the kit Brenton?

-- segmented turning kits ---> http://theSegmentedTurner.com

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#8 posted 02-08-2009 at 12:18 PM

did you make the metal lipping or buy it in.I would have made it myself as it would be fun.However if you don’t have access to a metal lathe then your just as well fitting an ashtray to a harley LOLAlistair Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Brenton

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#9 posted 02-08-2009 at 12:45 PM

The stainless travel mug “innards” can be bought at WoodCraft. 10 bucks.
See link.
http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid=20158

-- Here I post the good, for the rest has become firewood.

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#10 posted 02-08-2009 at 07:36 PM

Nice piece of work. After seeing your results I will have to make one for my wife.

I had to check comments on your other work because I had passed on the microwave technique and didn’t remember if your were one of the people I told about it. I see you got the idea from someone else. I would add an update to the method. Put the wood in a closed brown paper shopping bag before you put it in the microwave oven. The bag contains the water vapor and makes the whole process act like a “steam” kiln. The water vapor in the bag keeps the outer surface of the wood from drying to fast and stressing the wood. Open the bag between heating sessions to let the vapor escape. It may take a little longer this way but it is safer. I also check for checking and if I see any I fill the developing checks with CA glue to stop them from getting worse.

-- Les B, Oregon

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