Mesquite Beer Mugs, Created on the Bandsaw,

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Project by Blackie_ posted 08-05-2013 01:11 PM 1743 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured Here are a couple beer mugs I made from the limbs of a mesquite tree, fully functional and ready to drink from, I used a two part epoxy for the lining on the inside on both mugs, it might be hard to tell but the mug on the left, I did a full epoxy finish inside and out but found the epoxy to be problematic on the outside the epoxy is a 30 min dry time but due to cost of the epoxy I don’t think it’s cost effective but you only have to do a a one time application, a faster finish along with a mirror finish and a great seal, the mug on the right I finished the outside with several coats of wipe on poly, they measure 5 1/5 high with a 4” OD and a 3 1/4” ID

Build I harvested several logs from some semi dead mesquite trees that were just dry enough to be worked these two mugs are just a small portion of what I gathered from a nearby town called Dale, Texas. I started off with a 6” limb cut via chain saw, then using my miter slot log jig to plane both ends flat, I then set a circle using my compass to cut away all of the outer sap along with the bark around the 6” limb on the bandsaw, using my miter log jig once more I cut a 3/8” slice from the bottom of the mug, then using the compass again marked the inner circle with a 1/4” lip using the bandsaw again I entered the mug from the side along the grain and cut the inner plug out, sanded with spindle sander to a finish glued the bottom on and sanded the outside to a finish with spindle sander, the plug that was cut away I then used a different jig that rides the fence of the bandsaw to attach the plug to in order to make two cuts equaling a 1” wide slice from the center of the plug, this slice I use to make the handle with and attach it to the mug, instead of rounding the mating parts of the handle to mate to the mug I instead made a flat area on the mug side wall using my belt sander and epoxied the handle to the mug. The two remaining parts of the plug that were cut away went to my BBQ mesquite pile, no wood wasted. :)

This process was used on both mugs.

A tip of the hat goes to Monte and Tony for their guidance and video making, two minor changes I made, one was using a tree limb apposed to glue ups and making a flat area on the side of the mug to mate the handle to.

Thanks for viewing and comments are always enjoyed.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 08-05-2013 01:38 PM

Looks great sir

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-05-2013 02:20 PM


Another step outside the box. Nice job! Noticed a new picture. Like your bike! Like your dog more. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 08-05-2013 02:26 PM

These are great looking mugs. Your choice of mesquite is excellent. Well done

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#4 posted 08-05-2013 02:54 PM

Very nice looking mugs!! thanks for the info on how they were built!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#5 posted 08-05-2013 09:19 PM

Awesome…! They look like bookmatched mugs…Definitely should sell them as a pair.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#6 posted 08-05-2013 10:36 PM

Yep, Awesome. I can see I have another project in my future. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#7 posted 08-05-2013 11:38 PM

Ohh, a couple o good stout Guinness’ would be right good in them mugs.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 08-06-2013 12:59 AM

Another excellent build Randy! I love the grain, both mug’s look great!
Just a note about a trick I used once a while back. I used my Barbecue Rotisserie Motor to slowly turn a part to keep the epoxy from running, it worked!
Thanks for the including me in the credit’s! Keep up the good work!

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

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#9 posted 08-06-2013 01:02 AM

Very nice! And I’ll bet your shop smells great now.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 08-06-2013 10:32 AM

Thanks for the great comments everyone.

Thomas I have to say I agree, I love my dog and like my bike :) Dave and Robert thanks and you are more then welcome. Greg thanks and thanks for the great idea, that thought never occurred to me. MLB thanks be sure to let us see them. Roger Thanks and here’s a toast. :)
Thanks Tony and for that tid bit of advice
Thanks Andy it’s something else how each wood gives off it’s own aroma and yes it does, right not it’s Texas Cedar Elm and Texas Mesquite :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 08-08-2013 01:55 AM

Hey, cool ones, Randy!! I’ll have a Corona in the right one!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 08-08-2013 02:11 AM

You bet Jim

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#13 posted 08-08-2013 05:57 PM

Great cups!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 05-13-2014 10:58 PM

love these!

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