|Project by Jason Peabody||posted 03-24-2013 10:13 PM||905 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I have a fondness for mugs, for some reason. Maybe because I invariably imagine them filled with fresh, black coffee.
This is the first time I started with rough sawn lumber and used my planer to surface it. Not really complicated, but you have to start somewhere. I got to learn all sorts of fun things about how to set up my planer, most notably that I should not rely on the infeed and outfeed tables to prevent snipe. They aren’t flat to begin with, and are very finicky to adjust anyway. I had the best luck just removing them and applying light upwards pressure to the wood on the way in and the way out. Unfortunately I didn’t have the foresight to leave the wood long enough that I could cut the snipe off, so although it was mild it does show up in the lighting on these pictures.
I discovered that there was some fun figuring in the corner of some of the pieces of wood once it was planed smooth. You can see these in the last two pictures.
I used store-bought birch pegs and maple buttons for the pegs and screw covers. The pegs had a rather gross-looking, round, bulbous knob on the end that I did not like. I cut the knobs off on the bandsaw and put a 45 degree bevel on instead by chucking the peg in my drill and spinning it while holding it to the belt sander. This way it matches the bevel on the walnut piece better. I used tung oil for the finish.
They’re simple enough that I can always make more as my mug collection grows.
-- When you begin to coast, then you are on the downgrade.