Mesquite Bar set

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Project by Borgmc1 posted 04-28-2012 04:21 AM 1913 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wine glasses, mugs and wooden shooters are made from mesquite from north Texas.

The wine glasses are a turning technique called inside out turning. The log is cut square and then split into 4 equal parts and glued back together with the center of the log on the outside. It is mounted on the lathe and then I turn it to fit the shape of the glass. I pre-finish the now hollowed out portion and let it dry. I then separate the 4 pieces and reassemble them back to the original orientation and glue them back together. After allowing the glue to cure, I then remount it back on the lathe and turn to the final shape, finish and then polish. The finish is an acrylic that should last a life time. I then mount the bowl of the glass into the stem and set with epoxy, again should last a life time. They are 9 1/2 inch tall and hold 12oz of your favorite beverage.

The Beer Mugs are from the same log and are turned on the lathe also. The outside is shaped first and then I hollow the inside to make sure that the walls are not more than a quarter inch thick. The finish on the outside is the same acrylic that I used on both the wine glasses and the shooters. The Inside finish is a 2 part epoxy that is designed to coat the inside of beer vats and is completely food safe and FDA approved. They are 5 ¾ inch tall and hold 15oz.

The Shooter, not shot glasses (no glass), came from the same branch. I first shape the outside. Then I hollow the inside, finish and then polish. Again I use the acrylic finish on both inside and out. They are 2 7/8 inch tall and hold right at 1oz.

The Shelf is from a Church pew that I recycled, it is the hymnal holder from the back of the pew.

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#1 posted 04-28-2012 07:53 AM

i’m not a turner

but this is sure a nice set you made here

that inside out stuff
will take me a bit to figure

but it does look good

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-28-2012 12:01 PM

A very beautiful collection of drinking utensils.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 04-28-2012 03:04 PM

That is a beautiful set, and great use of the recycled pew

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

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#4 posted 04-28-2012 06:10 PM

Thank yall for the comments.

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#5 posted 04-29-2012 12:22 AM

More beautiful projects. My question is how many turning tools did you dull while working with the mesquite? I lived in north Texas for 20 some years and the quickest way to dull an ax or a chain saw blade is to go out and cut down a mesquite tree :).

-- 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 04-29-2012 12:46 AM

great turnings! can you tell us more about the epoxy? brand, price, where to buy? thanks!

-- John - Central PA -

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#7 posted 04-29-2012 03:09 AM

Luv2learn lets put it this way about the tool sharping. I turn off my grinder and turn around and use the tool, and I’m back at the grinder just about the time it has come to a complete stop.

Thanks JC, I’m using a product call Brewcoat It is designed to line the inside of beer vats. It is FDA approved for potable water, and is food safe. You can find info about it on the web at
I purchased a gallon kit over a year ago and have made many mugs and still have more than half left. But I mix it up 1 tablespoon at a time.

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#8 posted 04-29-2012 04:26 PM

i love the glasses they are so cool i would love to make some myself


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#9 posted 04-29-2012 06:00 PM

Thanks Robbie. The wine glasses are a lot of fun to turn.

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#10 posted 04-30-2012 01:20 AM

I like it!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 05-01-2012 04:29 AM

Thank you Hunter71

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