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Project by HokieKen posted 09-04-2018 12:52 PM 864 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We wrapped up the 2nd annual LJ's Beer Swap last week. As expected, we had lots of fun, shared lots of good beer and saw lots of cool stuff being made :-)

I got mikeacg as my recipient so here is the package I sent him.

Last year, I made a stein for jeffswildwood.
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I enjoyed making it but the time it took me to get everything just right and to fit the handle and lid so it hinged the way it needed to in order to be convenient took a lot more time than I had to devote to this year’s project. So I decided to go with a mug instead. At first, I was going to go with a short, fat mug so I cut a blank of spalted Maple and put it on the lathe. But, I didn’t like what was coming out of it so I changed tact.

The blank was too short to do much with so I was just gonna chunk it and start with a new blank. But then I had an idea to glue a short piece of Walnut on to lengthen the blank and then tie it all together with a Walnut handle. You can see the results.

The mug was finish turned and hollowed and left in the chuck on the lathe while I put a couple of coats of some food safe epoxy on the inside to seal it up and make it waterproof. Mike was good enough to confirm that it did indeed work and had no leaks ;-)

The handle was roughly laid out on a piece of Walnut using French Curves and cut on the bandsaw. Then I used my OSS and belt sander to get it down to a shape I liked. Final shaping was done with rasps and sandpaper. To fit it to the mug, I just used a 1/2 round file to shape the end at the top until it was a fairly tight fit with the mug. I ended up leaving a little gap in the center after the first attachment attempt failed. I believe the fit was too tight and squeezed the majority of the epoxy out. After a little more file work, it was epoxied on and seems to be solidly in place. There’s also just a dab of epoxy at the bottom of the handle for good measure and to relieve some of the load on the top joint.

So, several of the guys asked about the handle in the thread. Well, there ya go fellas! Epoxy is my “magic” joinery!

I packaged the mug up with a six pack of locally brewed craft beers and a bonus beer that’s aged in bourbon barrels in another part of the state. I hope Mike enjoys all of the beers and that the mug will serve him in whatever capacity he uses it for a lifetime! I got a killer package in return from RichBolduc but you can go check out the reveals in the swap thread if you want to read about that ;-)

Thanks for looking! Comments and questions welcome as always.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!





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Lazyman

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#1 posted 09-04-2018 02:58 PM

Nicely done Kenny. That combination of walnut and spalted maple is stunning. One of my favorites from the swap.

Here’s a tip I learned fitting handles to my wooden mugs. Attach a piece of coarse sandpaper to the side of the mug with double sided tape (or make it long enough to hold in place with the hand that holds the mug) to the place where you plan to attach it and rub the handle against it to shape the joint to the side of the mug. It’ll be off by the thickness of the paper and tape but won’t take much to tweak that by hand. I also added a dowel to my handle joints and also used a small drill to make dimples for the epoxy to grab but I use a steel liner and don’t have to worry about leakage.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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HokieKen

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#2 posted 09-04-2018 03:45 PM

Thanks Nathan :-)) I’m a big fan of how the spalted Maple and Walnut look together too. I can imagine seeing that combination show up in a few more projects in my future ;-P I fit my handle to the stein last year the way you suggested and it did work well. Like I said, the issue I’ve had with perfectly fitted handles is that the epoxy all gets squeezed out. Drilling dimples might help that but the wall was pretty thin and I didn’t want to chance it… I think the next one I do, I’ll finish turn the outside first then drill and glue some dowels in for the handle before I hollow it out. That way they’ll be perfectly flush to the wall and won’t present any leak problems since they’ll be in place before the epoxy coats.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 09-04-2018 04:23 PM

I used dowels for the handle on my tankard. Figured the extra contact wouldn’t hurt.

Dang good looking mug, Kenny. You done good again!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Woodknack

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#4 posted 09-04-2018 04:44 PM

That is one handsome beer mug, good work Kenny.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 09-04-2018 04:49 PM

That combination of wood is outstanding! I also really like the shape on the handle. You do nice work Kenny!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#6 posted 09-04-2018 04:59 PM

You provide me with yet another reason to get a lathe. That is a fine looking mug. It has an old world look to it with the spalted maple and walnut.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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HokieKen

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#7 posted 09-04-2018 05:22 PM

Thanks fellas. When you’ve got beer and pretty wood, it’s not hard to make something you like ;-)

Earl, if good reasons are the only thing holding you back from getting a lathe, I can show you at least a couple hundred on this site alone! Just go ahead and get one. You know you want to ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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ralbuck

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#8 posted 09-04-2018 05:35 PM

Great mug and the pictures of the beers made me thirsty too!

You even have one of our locals in the picture! The bad part of living in OR is WAY TOO MANY—great beer choices!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 09-04-2018 06:36 PM

Beauty!

I wander how the glue holds splatted maple and walnut together. It looks like at least the walnut is end grain.
Or I am completely wrong here?

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 09-04-2018 06:52 PM

When it makes ya want to go have a cold one, it’s good work. nice job. I like the Walnut/Maple combo as well, add some spalt, and it’s even better.

Thanks for posting, and Congrats on your 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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HokieKen

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#11 posted 09-04-2018 07:58 PM



Beauty!

I wander how the glue holds splatted maple and walnut together. It looks like at least the walnut is end grain.
Or I am completely wrong here?

- torus

Nope, I learned never to trust end-grain glue joints for turned stuff a while ago, the hard way ;-P The glue joint is long grain-long grain. I don’t foresee any issues with it.


Great mug and the pictures of the beers made me thirsty too!

You even have one of our locals in the picture! The bad part of living in OR is WAY TOO MANY—great beer choices!

- ralbuck

Deschutes I assume? They opened a brewery here a couple of years ago to service their east coast distribution. Definitely one of my favorites!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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HokieKen

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#12 posted 09-04-2018 07:58 PM

Thanks SteveN. Now go have that cold one! ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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jeffswildwood

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#13 posted 09-04-2018 09:47 PM

Nice mug Ken. I too like the color combinations. Another fine mug like last year. Your getting good at them!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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mikeacg

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#14 posted 09-05-2018 01:09 AM

I have to thank Kenny again for his swap effort! The beers were incredible (though I still have 2 to try yet. 8 Point and The Love. I’ll put them together with Earl’s brews for this Friday’s tasting session).
Everyone who comes to the house loves the mug which should help your ego Kenny – like the Daily Top 3! Congrats!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Grumpy

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#15 posted 09-06-2018 11:24 PM

Ken , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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