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For this you will need six 11" long 1x6s and a wood lathe
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Step 1: A Bit Sticky

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Start by gluing the six boards together like in the picture above when you are done cut a bit off of each side to ensure they are even

Step 2: Getting It Set

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When the glue is dry draw an x from corner to corner and screw in the centred on the x jig to screw to the chuck of the lathe

Step 3: Starting It Off

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Put it on the lathe and start carving in your design, it can be just a simple straight up and down cup or an intercut design

Step 4: Carving It Out

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When you have got the outside the way you want it you can start carving out the inside like the picture above

Step 5: When You're Done

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When you have crafted a masterpiece you are ready to cut it off. You can sand it on the lathe on the slowest speed and then you can cut it off. You can do it by hand or a band saw but the most precise way to do it is on the lathe with the tool I was using in the picture if you do it on the lathe only cut it till there is 0.5" in diameter there then finish it off with a hand saw and sand the bottom of it

Step 6: Style It The Way You Want

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When it is cut off you can varnish it, paint it or just put some polycarbonate on it

Step 7: To The Top Of Things

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To make the lid use the left over wood you should only need like 1.5" but you should have plenty extra

Step 8: Starting The Lid

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Start by carving the top of the lid near the chuck of the lathe, the design I am using is just a standard flat lid
Ringer1515 (author) 8 months ago
Thanks for the tip! Remember to vote!
Mschreib138 months ago
Rather than having the tool rest parallel to the axis turn it so it is parallel to the cutline. That way you can get it closer to the work.
Ringer1515 (author) 8 months ago
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jreidy18 months ago

If you arrange the blank so the grain of the wood is the top and bottom you don't have to try to hollow out the end grain.

Another trick is to use the largest Forstner bit you have to initially hollow the cup. This also sets the correct depth and all you need then is a bowl gouge to finish the job.

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Mschreib138 months ago

When sanding on the lathe set the lathe for the slowest speed not the fastest. The faster the lathe turns the more you flatten the grain and the more trouble you will have applying stain.

Thanks for telling ! I was not aware of that…

vincent75208 months ago

I VOTE !!!…

With pleasure…

chuckyd8 months ago

I prefer to sand and finish the wood on the lathe- makes the operation better and fasster.

chuckyd8 months ago

I prefer to sand and finish the wood on the lathe- makes the operation better and fasster.

gerflash8 months ago

I'm sending this one on!

Ringer1515 (author) 8 months ago
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Ringer1515 (author) 8 months ago
Thank you. I will be sure to do an instructables on making a wood plate sometime next week

Very nice work. Love how you did the lid, gonna do this sometime.

Ringer1515 (author) 8 months ago
Yes I know it was very far away but if you look to the left you will see that if I put it closer I would have hit it. An with the wood I was using it handle the high speed sanding just fine. Thank you for your concern and feed back though! Remember to vote for it if you liked it.

That's because you didn't turn the piece round first. That should be the first thing you do, unless you need to leave it square for the design. Then Turn fast, sand slow.

good work....how about turning a plate next
pudtiny8 months ago

Hi, Not wanting to be picky but you should really lower the lathe speed for sanding, high speed causes more heat which will ruin some timbers, it also reduces the efficiency of the sanding and it becomes more like polishing. I would also recommend you should move your tool rest closer when turning, the picture of you parting of the lid looks like a recipe for an accident. You may also get a better finish if you try and align the grain before gluing the board so you can make smoother cuts. Just my thoughts but always good to have more turning instructables.

Ringer1515 (author) 8 months ago
Yes you could use it to drink out of as long as it is completely dry. Would you like me to show how to make a shot glass?
mholcomb18 months ago
Love your detailed instructions! How about some tall drinking glasses or even shot glasses? Also, is the polycarbonate allow the mug to be used as a drinking vessel?
Ringer1515 (author) 8 months ago
Thank you for noticing! I know it is the wrong dimension, but I thought everyone just stilled called them 2x4's I will change it though. Glad you guys liked it! Remember to vote for it!
load_nikon8 months ago
I'm not sure you have listed the correct dimensions for your dimensional lumber. The photo in the first step doesn't look like 2x4s stacked. Maybe 2x10s? Great none the less though! Makes me wish I had a lathe.