Adapter for Car Cup Holder

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Project by Deela40 posted 08-08-2015 04:13 PM 2412 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has a few large cups she likes to take in the car, but the cup holders in her vehicle are too small for the cups to fit. This made for potentially dangerous driving as the cups would go flying while going around a corner or if hard breaking was needed, which is unfortunately a common occurrence where we live.

I decided to fix this with some scrap walnut I had. I glued three pieces together for the top and used my bandsaw to make the circle shape and cut out the inside. Then I glued the last piece on the bottom of the top layer and used my oscilating spindle sander to finish shaping it. I glued three more pieces together for the bottom and used the bandsaw again to cut the circle. I then used my disc sander to taper the bottom so it would fit snugly into the cup holder. Finally, I used a dowel and glue to connect the top and bottom portions. The finish is an equal mixture of bees wax, boiled linseed oil and pure gum spirit of turpentine. The wax helps to seal it from moisture and can be easily reapplied when needed.


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#1 posted 08-08-2015 05:02 PM

Duh, why didn’t I think of that? I’ve fussed for years because the big mugs I like to use were too big for the cup holders in my vehicles. I’ll be making two of these.

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#2 posted 08-08-2015 05:12 PM

HuckD, it has been really useful to have. If I were to make another, I would add another layer on the top. A cup hasn’t fallen out yet, but it would make me feel better.


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#3 posted 08-08-2015 09:00 PM

I’ve seem something similar (plastic) in a truck stop… but it wasn’t anywhere NEAR as cool as this one !

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#4 posted 08-08-2015 09:26 PM

Hey Deela40, you get the gold star pal … And you beat Jim Jakosh to it …
Great Idea.

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#5 posted 08-09-2015 04:38 AM

This is a great idea, and is probably cheaper and definitely better built than any of the plastic stuff you can get at Wal-Mart or truck stops.

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#6 posted 08-13-2015 04:32 AM

Ingenuity again to solve every day problems from lumberjocks… well done, sir!

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#7 posted 02-13-2016 05:01 PM

I have spilled my giant mug of tea for the last time, making one of these today! Very nicely done.

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