Introduction: Wooden Beer Mug

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This instructable is for making a big wooden beer mug.
I made it 15cm x 22cm.
It is not so suitible for drinking beer (pallet wood can be toxic) but for decorative purpose or ,like me as a trash and beercaps bin.
If you wanne make one you can drink from ,there are some suggestions in the comments.

Step 1: Cutting the Wood

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For this mug i used some pallet wood i had laying around.
You will need 15 sticks cut at a length of 22 cm and at an angle of 12 degrees.

Step 2: Tape It

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Put the sticks around something round and tape them together ,but leave one opening.

Step 3: Glueing

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Now take the whole thing and put it on a flat surface and put some glue between the sticks .

Step 4: Tourniqueting

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Now fold it together again.
I used some rope and a pair of screwdrivers to tighten the sticks together.
Now you can let the glue dry.

Step 5: The Ear

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Now you can make the ear.
Mine is approx. 20cm x 8cm.
I did all the sanding with an angle grinder.
When the glue of the mug has dried ,you can also sand this.

Step 6: Decorings

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To make it  look better i've put some rings out of sheetmetal around them.
Best is to screw these behind the handle  into one piece of wood.
You could also use some rope to put around the mug.
With the angle grinder i made some grooves and glued the rings in.

Step 7: Putting It Together

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Now put the ear on it ,
I made the mistake to put the bottom in before screwing the ear on from the inside.
Next glue the bottom in and do some more sanding


LeconC (author)2018-01-05

I've been asked to make a coffee mug for my aunt who was a coffee drinker. She walked 5 miles a day just to walk to the local gas station to fill her 36 oz mug. She was buried 3 weeks ago and the family just decided on a topper for her spirit house as we are Russian Orthodox. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for these instructions. I'l be sure to share pics.

Yllanesalfredo (author)2017-04-10

Estos hago yo!!

yerak (author)Yllanesalfredo2017-12-05

Mas o menos con la misma técnica que muestran aquí??

soo nice frnd

Doriard (author)2017-03-01

I would like to point everyone towards this article. It clears everything up. The answer covers a lot of finishes.

jkendall9 made it! (author)2016-03-15

98% complete. Going to use a salad bowl finish to make it functional. Handle is attached with dowel pins and glue. Decided to go without any banding, but may try some wrought iron straps and handles on the next one.

jmohler (author)jkendall92016-11-28

Nice mug! Very clean lines. Any suggestions on sanding the inside?

jkendall9 (author)jmohler2016-12-06

I would do the majority of your sanding before you assemble the staves. After that for finish sanding, I did all of mine by hand. It doesn't have to be perfect, especially if you plan on using the salad bowl finish as this will fill in many minor surface imperfections.

jmohler (author)jkendall92016-12-06

Excellent information. Thank you for getting back to me.

tonysh1 made it! (author)2015-09-30

this is my first and latest make of these mugs. I've made them fully functional by adding a pine sap bees wax mix (65/35) also known as Pitch. The latest mug is made with 1/2" thick slats.

robburnsiii (author)tonysh12016-10-11

What type of wood did you use

tonysh1 (author)robburnsiii2016-10-12 I cut it in half to 1/2"x2"

MarkE46 (author)tonysh12015-12-09

what did you use to cut the twelve degree angle?

tonysh1 (author)MarkE462016-09-09

I used a table saw

connordavis13 (author)tonysh12015-10-01

where did you buy the pitch i made one but cant seem to find the stuff to seal it to be able to drink out of it

tonysh1 (author)connordavis132015-12-02

tinyurl .com/jbzf4r7

MikeM519 made it! (author)2016-09-08

used a epilog laser to etch my design, then glued it together

vmmartins made it! (author)2016-01-29

Made five of these for christmas, to give to friends and family. And for myself of course ;) great project!

vmmartins made it! (author)2016-01-29

Made five of these for christmas, to give to friends and family. And for myself of course ;) great project!

NickP49 (author)2015-12-10

What is the diameter of the the bottom of the mug if I use the measuremnets given?

Brandalina (author)2015-11-09

Can someone give me the exact same measurements except in inches? :)

MarkE46 (author)Brandalina 2015-12-09

8.661417 in. long, 1.220472 in. wide.

ortegao made it! (author)2015-11-16

Thanks for the awesome idea! It was a fun project. Made it from redwood so its light and has 3 layers of cutting board oil so you can drink from it if needed. Also instead of metal crews I used wood dowel pins and wood glue to hold the handle in place.

mw6 (author)ortegao2015-12-04

beautiful rendetion!

jmscotton (author)2014-05-18

mine is made from cedar and coated with an epoxy glaze. gave it to a friend as a gift. it holds 48oz.

BradO2 (author)jmscotton2015-10-22

What did you do to create the alternating color pattern on the interior of the mug?

jmscotton (author)BradO22015-10-22

It just worked out that way when I sealed it. I used cedar to make the mug and when I sealed it that's how it turned out.

dlck014 (author)jmscotton2014-08-18

Are you using the same dimensions as he was?

jmscotton (author)dlck0142014-08-18

Honestly, I don't remeber. I think I modified it a bit. As for the safety, all the research I did, it all says the once epoxy cures for a while it is safe. I let it sit for a couple weeks to be safe and my friend has had no problems.

dlck014 (author)jmscotton2014-08-18

Follow up question, is it safe to drink out of?

scottcamp made it! (author)2015-09-24

used a router to bevel the top. cut a lip around the inside bottom to set the bottom of the cup into without it dropping through the cup. i love it! just looking for a good sealant to use that is non-toxic.

If I make another, I think i'll cut a sliding groove in the bottom before putting the pieces together, then wrapping the pieces around the bottom and gluing them. then use dowels to hold handle into cup instead of screws.

jbain6 made it! (author)2015-07-17

i used leather for my handle and straps.

CharlineCaisse (author)2015-07-16

Makes one feel like a drink! ^^

DanH15 made it! (author)2015-05-21

I made this and it worked out really well too. thank you

guru9352 (author)2015-02-07

length= 220mm, breadth=31mm, what is the thickness??

CharlieStone14 (author)guru93522015-02-21

Any, it doesn't actually matter, however if you want more capacity then I would suggest making it thinner, about 15mm or so, but remember, leave room for sanding as this will take off a few millimetres (on each side).

darknss1 made it! (author)2015-02-04

I staind mine and wanted to get more creative and made a lid for it I put a strong guy on top but probly going to make it a cross instead

CharlieStone14 (author)2014-12-29

How much liquid does it hold if you follow the instructions correctly and to every last detail. I am planning to make this for my GCSE Woodwork project and need to know how much it holds so I can write my specification accordingly.

dude...just as he said...pallet wood may be if you used another type of wood i wouldn't drink anything on it if i where you '-'

I am going to use Oak and Beech, then coat and seal it with a non-toxic organic finish of some sort. I am thinking about using a salad bowl finish of some kind.

FYI, You can safely use just about any oil or water-based polyurethane, varnish, lacquer, shellac,
or wipe-on finish. Once the solvent that carries the "solids" part of the finish has evaporated and the finish is
fully cured (no more finish smell when you take a whiff with your nose next to the finish), the
coating is safe to come into contact with food or the mouth.

Thanks, that's helped me out quite a bit.

Jodex (author)2011-06-06

I thought that I could make a little barrel, about 35 cm tall. The problem is that I don't have any table saw or a bandsaw so it's kinda hard to get that right angle. Does anybody have any suggestions what to use? I have a skill saw, but I don't think that I am able to change the angle of the blade.

ruyther.tomich (author)Jodex2015-01-07

low budget/lazy would break the "medieval" style of the mug...but...yeah...if you're short on can just buy a cheap plastic/glass cup...and glue it inside the mug...

MDBoomerangs (author)Jodex2014-11-21

There are some very good videos on YouTube on making a table saw from a skill saw.

Izzy Swan makes some very cool jigs!

flamekiller (author)2014-12-14

I like this. We've been roped into a mug exchange for Christmas this year despite my protests (we are overloaded with mugs). I think mine is going to be a sort of Mugception, like those Russian nesting dolls. I'll start with a huge one of these and end up with a little dollhouse mug.

I think I'll use red or white oak finished with salad bowl finish.

LnPMarklar (author)2014-12-13

What should I use to make this safe to drink from

CharlieStone14 (author)2014-11-13

How much does it hold if you follow the intructions correctly

erikthered213 made it! (author)2014-10-20

Thanks for the idea and instructions. I used douglas fir for mine and finished with mahoney's oil then wax. also made mine 10 in tall which may be bordering on insanely large but on the bright side it holds about 4 pints.

Ten points to Gryffindor

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