It does happen quite often that we forget time while working, while reading or while playing a game. You have a nice cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate to drink and suddenly you got a cold drink in your hands! The Cup Warmer provides a warm drink even when you are busy for hours. You simply put the cup or mug on the plate heated by a tea-light and your coffee, tea or hot chocolate stays nice and warm.
The Cup Warmer is easy to make and costs less than 10 $.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Wooden board (27 mm thick)
- Aluminum rod (12 mm thick)
- Aluminum plate (10 mm thick)
- Four machine screws 4 mm
- Screw driver
- Drill bit (3,5 mm, 12 mm, 39 mm)
- Sanding paper
- Bee wax
- Jig saw
Step 2: Wood Work
Draw a 10 cm by 10 cm square on the wooden board.
Draw the diagonals within the square.
Measure 2 cm from each corner and drill a 1 cm hole with a 12 mm drill bit.
Drill a 1 cm hole in the center of the square with a 39 mm drill bit (slightly wider is even better).
Saw the square out whit a jig saw.
Step 3: Metal Work
Saw four pieces of 5 cm off the aluminum rod. Drill a 3,5 mm hole in the top of each piece.
Draw the diagonals on the 10 cm by 10 cm aluminum plate. Measure 2 cm from each corner and drill a hole using the 3,5 mm drill bit.
I had my aluminum plate precut by my local hardware store.
Step 4: Sand and Wax
Sand the wood and aluminum pieces.
Wax the wooden piece with bee wax.
Step 5: Putting It Together
Place the aluminum rods in the drilled holes of the wooden board.
Screw the aluminum plate on top of the rods.
The screws are 4 mm wide, therefore they are slightly bigger than the predrilled holes. You will need some force to get them in, but once in place it’s a strong fit.
Step 6: Enjoy!
Enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee, which stays warm all evening.
A tea-light burns for approximately two and a half hour. The aluminum plate will remain hot for 15 minutes after the candle is out.