Ambrosia Maple Travel Mug

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Project by Sam Fladung posted 12-03-2010 02:38 AM 1823 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a travel mug I made for my fiancée’s birthday. The mug is based off of the Travel Mug Turning Kit from Rockler. The wood is ambrosia maple. This was my first lathe project that I have done hollowing on.

Part of the process for hollowing the mug out involves drilling in from the end using a pair of large forstner drill bits to do the bulk material removal. Unfortunately, the old craftsman lathe I have doesn’t have a tailstock chuck. So I ended up building an adapter plate to allow me to mount the tailstock from my 7×12 mini-lathe to my woodlathe.

This part was more of a metal working project then a woodworking one, so I’m not sure if I should post it here. But if you are interested you can check it out on my webpage

First a hole is drilled in part way using a 1-7/8” Forstner to create the top pocket (exact distances described in the plan).

This is then followed with a smaller Forstner of 1-1/8” to make the deeper pocket.

The inside now has the stepped look.

Using a half-round scraper I then removed created a smooth contour and expanded it slightly until it was sized to the insert.

The lip is turned down with a parting tool to match the insert and the area next to the insert is turned down to be flush with the metal. The rest was simply a matter of shaping the blank using a gouge followed by a chisel and then sanding.

Once parted off I finished using a glossy polyurethane spray coating and glued the insert in place.

One trick I found while test fitting the blank was that if it got stuck I could expand the wood slightly by spreading a small amount of water onto it. This would cause the wood to release its grip on the insert slightly and allow me to remove the insert.


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#1 posted 12-03-2010 05:33 AM

i’ve been thinking of making one of these. thanks for sharing the process.

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#2 posted 12-03-2010 08:39 AM

I this case the result is probably less important than the passage of getting there, you are obviously a very adaptable guy,
Very well done, good result for a first HT

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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