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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.
 
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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
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ctuck3 years ago
Thanks for the informative instructions. Also found a lot of info in the comments. I made one following your instructions and am now modeling some other designs by making minor changes to angles and lengths:

http://twisty-doer.tumblr.com/post/6513721893/after-this-last-weekends-geek-day-where-i-made

Attached my results from my build. I used fresh clean wood found a leak in a knot hole. I plan to give it a bee wax treatment.
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craig3 ctuck2 years ago
I know it's a while off, but I'd like to ask about your bee wax treatment for your wooden mug, Do you brush it on or dip the mug into the wax?
antioch craig31 year ago
There is natural beeswax, rather solid unless molten, and there are a thousand of commercial products that come with thousands of additives making it liquid, sometimes toxic. So, depends on the form the wax comes in, I'd guess. Dipping it in sounds best, for maximum seal use it in an ultrasonic cleaner (they're cheap, for cleaning glasses but not worth buying one for just a mug or two. for some odd reason people throw them away a lot, too. i see many in the streets. age of the contact lense, maybe?)

This just for a mug with decorative purposes, of course. I would never dip a mug into wax or oil and later drink from it. Eurgh.

Untreated wood is antibacterial. Your only concerns are mold and bacterial colonies originating from larger remainds of organic matter (soup, broth, whatever you will drink from that mug that isn't water or schnaps).
Wash it out with water, a thorough scrub from time to time, and a mild detergent if the mug contained oil, hot water and mild detergent if it contained fats. This is mostly to remove other organic matter that clings onto them and which could breed unhealthy things.
The detergent is not really necessary though. The worst things that fats and oils could do to your mug are giving it odors. At best they will add sealage and a beautiful, natural patina.
Beeswax is a traditional sealant which I'm pretty sure is food-safe, melted on- and into the wooden and leather mugs to seal them. a good choice if you use it for alcohol, because it won't dissolve (unlike some more modern alternatives). If properly done, I think the beeswax will create a smooth surface that can be easily cleaned- maybe less hygienic than a brand-new plastic mug, but better than an old one with scratches, but glass would probably be the most hygienic.
hot food might damage the coating a bit, I guess
tim_n flamesami18 hours ago
I use beeswax to seal leather tankards
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Hey, Check out the food safe finish I made with Beeswax and Mineral oil. http://www.instructables.com/id/100-Food-safe-home-made-wood-finish/

Beeswax is pretty hard but the mineral oil softens it to chap-stick like consistency, goes on nice and it 100% food safe. Also makes your skin very very soft.
I have been told this can go a long time in-between applications.
ctuck craig32 years ago
Hey Craig. I have not yet waxed it. The method I was going to use was to rub the wooden surface with bee wax, then place the mug in the oven (with something under it to catch any drips). Still researching a little what temp I want to warm it at. This should allow me to properly cover the inside and/or the outside of the mug without using a large amount of wax. It's also a lot easier to manage than dipping or brushing. The warming will melt the wax onto and into the wooden surface. I might need to do this more than once. I will post back if I get to it soon, seems like a good indoor activity for the short days ;) Let me know what you end up doing.
jmscotton4 months ago

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

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Are you using the same dimensions as he was?

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.

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

ctuck made it!4 months ago

Made mine back in June 2011 actually. Just now noticed the 'I Made It' button and well, I wanted to post.

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Ray from RI9 months ago
For those of you wanting to learn more about basic coopering and to make a coopered bucket and basically this mug is nothing but a small bucket this book is a good introduction to coopering
http://www.amazon.com/How-Make-Coopered-Wooden-Bucket/dp/1414101376/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386866105&sr=1-3&keywords=Coopering
How to Make a Coopered Wooden Bucket by James D. Gaster is evidently out of print and used copies are a tad expensive.... But this is a decent book on basic coopering....
Taunton Press has a series of books they printed about different kinds of wood working. in one of these books they talk about and show the very very basics of coopering ... If I remember to do so tonight I will look up the book and give you that information here...
In the book A Yankee Way With Wood the author interviews a modern day cooper this was in the 1960's early 1970's. The man made tubs of all different sizes and again gives some real basic information on making/ coopering tubs....

http://www.amazon.com/Yankee-Way-Wood-Phyllis-Meras/dp/093639949X/ref=sr_1_sc_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386867413&sr=1-2-spell&keywords=Yankey+way+of+wood
Foxfire book number 4 shows how they made a butter churn which might show you aspects on cooper/tub making as well. But I am not 100% sure about this...
Ray from RI9 months ago
Very cool what kind of glue did you use,,,? Some glues would be more toxic than others and would leach toxin into the liquids... Not a good thing to drink...
Also walnut oil is a good way to seal your wood with it takes some time for natural walnut oil to set and cure like 5 to 6 months.... but it is safe to use for wood that you are using with food and food preparation....
http://countryworkshops.org/
Country work shops have offered in the past classes on coopering if anyone is interested in it...
They also offer for sale a video on Swiss coopering that you could get some good tips from as well...
http://countryworkshops.org/Ruedi%20Clip.html
Here is their web site on tools, books and DVDS in which you can buy the DVD on Swiss Coopering...!!!
http://countryworkshops.org/books.html
vayres3 years ago
So is this just a decorative mug, then?
I see nothing in the instructions that would safe guard it for beverage use.

Very neat project, though!
Use non-treated wood and non-toxic glue. Keep it dry (turn upside down when you're done drinking out of it.) My only other concern is leaking out of the bottom.
If you fit the bottom piece properly into the bottom grove there should be no leakage... especially for you use the pitch and or bees wax, as stated above, to line the inside of the mug...
grd IchadBuns3 years ago
Immodium may help if that's your main concern.
david.beck grd2 years ago
Hahaha come on, nobody caught this one?
To seal the cup so it dont leak use linseed oil just dont use the boiled linseed oil because its toxic
Would it be possible to seal the mug? I know it'll rot if it stays wet, but I'm afraid the wood will shrink if it gets too dry.
I would think it would be just fine if you used something like mineral oil or a wax based sealer.
frankbenn3 years ago
For sealing this type of project you might try drying it well (in oven) then pour in melted beeswax, swirl and tilt 'til coated and reheat if needed and pour out the excess wax. Recoat as needed. The wood will swell some as it absorbs moisture from the air. Check online for making leather mugs. This type coating was used on them a few centuries ago. I think that melted resin can be added to the wax to make it harder. That may come up in a search.
Have heard of this before great idea...!
mphilips2 years ago
Hey, Just make the mug the way a real cooper would do it. Split your wood out of a log , shape each piece with on the shaving horse, (NO glue) shape a handle with one piece, assemble and make your bands out of wood. Fresh cut white oak is the best. Don't forget to put in the bottom and them keep the mug wet and after the first time it leaks and if mand right it will hold the beer.

Don
Very cool idea....!
Is there a way to cut these precise angles with a miter saw? I am at a loss with cutting the angles here. Any pointers?
It is best to cut the angles on a table saw. set the bevel at 12.5 degrees and run them through. You can make one long strip with the bevel on both sides the cut the to the desired length of your staves.
Mihsin10 months ago
I didn't resd all the comments, however, you could've made a groove in all the slates for insetting the bottom into. This mug looks like a pencil holder, not for drinking? I was hoping you were able to solve the metal ring problem for me.
Nice desk top articles collecter. Tanks,
jecale472 years ago
The project is fine, but it would be best not to glue, the water expands the wood.
The fund must be within a channel that will make the staves and metal tightens the belt.
Wi112 years ago
Thanks for posting, I think I might turn one.
zed6273 years ago
i work with wooden buckets, and we have to soak them in water first so the wood swells and holds the water, i'd try this along with the heated metal bands. Also there is this stuff called brewer's pitch that is a wax used in wooden canteens that can be used with this.
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