Introduction: Build a Wooden Mug From Scraps!
In this Instructable I will show you how you can build a cool functional wooden mug from the scrap hardwood you have laying around from other projects.
Step 1: Collect Hardwood
Find as much scrap hardwood as you need. I like to go to local shops and schools and just ask for their leftovers. I usually get enough to make around ten mugs at a time. You can use all parts so don't pass on any free hardwood. This is what separates us from the animals... the ability to make awesome stuff out of scraps!
Step 2: Wood Prep
I cut my hardwood down into one half inch to three quarter inch thick blanks. The width I like to keep at about one inch because I like a big grog. The thinner the width the smaller diameter mug you'll have. The length does not matter at this time but they will end up about 6 inches long.
After cutting the blanks put a 12 degree chamfer on both sides perpendicular to each other using a table saw or band saw. The drawing included is a profile view of the grog blanks. 15 blanks with matching 12 degree chamfers will make a complete 360 degree cup.... MATH!!!
Step 3: Next Glue Up
Using Titebond 3 (waterproof just in case) Lay out your blanks on some masking or painter tape. Apply glue in all the joints. Roll the parts together till they make a circle and apply many. many, many rubber bands. Allow to dry overnight.
Step 4: Sanding, Sanding, and Oh Did I Mention Sanding.
After all parts are dry its time to sand. You do not need to round your tankard but I tend to always on mine. Using a belt sander and hand sandpaper I smooth out the diameter to what I like.
Step 5: Bottoms Up!
Glue up some smaller pieces to make a flat bottom. Trim them roughly to the size of your mug and glue and clamp. The oh yeah more sanding.
Step 6: Get a Grip! I Mean Make a Handle
I cut my handle shapes out of a large piece of scrap wood. Then I shape and sand it the way I like. Once I get it how I want it I tape sand paper onto my grog and sand the curve of the cup on the the handle where it attaches. This ensures a tight fit. I glue the handle on with two part epoxy and some rubber bands.
Step 7: Finish
I finish my mugs with equal parts food grade mineral oil and food grade beeswax. Apply a few coats and let it soak in. This need to be done from time to time. Hand wash only and enjoy! Be sure to vote if you enjoyed this scrap wood project!