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Project by luv2learn posted 03-14-2012 02:38 AM 3330 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son and his family are big into the Renaissance Fair experience. They dress in the period costumes, live in period style tents, and partake in the various reenactments during the fair. He asked me if I could make them some period mugs. Although I had never made anything like this I said I would try.

I used 3” ABS as a form. There are 24 mug segments which are 9/16” wide, 6 1/2” long, and 3/8” thick. Each segment is tapered 7 1/2 degrees per side. I did the tapers on the joiner. I glued up two halves then put them together after the glue set. I used moisture activated Gorilla glue for these but used Tightbond III for some others I made. The bottom is two pieces glued together with the grain perpendicular to each other. The handles are made from 3/4” thick walnut and cherry. The segments are pallet oak. I made several others alternating oak, maple, cherry, and walnut. Unfortunately I gave them away and forgot to take pictures of them.

I used three coats General Finishes Salad Bowel finish to seal them and to make them food safe. If I make some more I will take more time and do a blog on the construction. I guess I could scale this up and make some beer kegs or a hot tub :).

I didn’t have a spindle sander so I sanded the insides with a homemade drum on my drill press. My next tool purchase was a new Ridgid spindle sander.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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#1 posted 03-14-2012 02:52 AM

Very nice mugs.

-- http://www.landwoodworks.com (L an D Woodworks)

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#2 posted 03-14-2012 04:08 AM

Nice job on the mug’s and the write up. I like that “hot tub” idea!!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 01:02 PM

Very nice looking mugs, and a lot sturdier than the original type. That Renn fair enactment can be a lot of
fun. How are they standing up to the liquid usage? Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 03-14-2012 01:09 PM

brrrrroast to you. Renn Fayres are theeee place to be

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#5 posted 03-14-2012 03:27 PM

Bluepine38, time will tell how these are going to stand up to use. I water tested them before I sent them to my kids but water is not beer (ale) :). I told my son not to put hot liquids in them, just cold. These will hold two ales plus a nice head per their instructions :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 03-14-2012 04:35 PM

Cool project! Very well done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 03-14-2012 11:39 PM

That’s cool, go for the hot tub! I did a similar design for my cyclone DC with the glue ups for a round container. I think I will attempt this next since you were kind enough to give me the measurements, thank you. I did a bigger version on the Cyclone DC, same idea with the top of the cyclone and the intake pipe. The blog is on the site if you want to check it out.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 03-15-2012 12:52 PM

With the possibility of spring and a hot summer I like that liquid measurement for content of the mugs, two
ales plus the head, that alone tempts me to get a couple made to have ready after a nice day in the shop.
The idea of a cold one from a home made mug just sounds a lot better than from a can. Thank you for the
plans.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 03-15-2012 01:09 PM

Nice mugs I really like the handles.
Well done.

-- Vince

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#10 posted 03-15-2012 04:34 PM

Outstanding! If this project, single-handedly, doesn’t inspire one to become a woodworking buff, nothing will. A frothy “cold one” in a beautiful homemade mug….forget about it!

-- _Moose_ Hooper, UT

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#11 posted 03-16-2012 12:56 AM

nice job with thouse how are you bonding the handles, do they hold up well. do they leak at all if fluid is in there to long full saturation.

-- Chad Manzanitaman

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#12 posted 03-16-2012 01:40 AM

Chad, I doweled and glued the handles to the mugs using 1/4” hardwood dowels. Only time will tell if they hold up well. I will have to check that out with my son since they were a gift to him. I know that they didn’t leak when I mailed them :) I would imagine that to keep them in tip-top shape he will have to put a coat of salad oil finish on them from time to time. I hope that answers your questions.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 04-03-2012 10:02 PM

which of the Renaissance fairs is your son participating in? The only reason I ask is Joseph Victor of www.goodlywoods.com does the the Arizona Renaissance Festival, Colorado Renaissance Festival, and the Maryland Renaissance Festival. He does Great looking mugs and thought that your son might want to take a look at some of his in person.

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#14 posted 04-03-2012 11:05 PM

Borgmc1,
My son and his family live in the Seattle area and attend the one in their area. I haven’t seen Joseph’s mugs but your mugs aren’t to shabby either, in fact they are beautiful.

I really haven’t made acquaintance with my lathe yet so I am stuck making this style mug :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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