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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
mphilips3 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.

mkim14 years ago
If you wanted to try to do it the actual way that they made wooden barrels, you have rings made a size a little smaller than would fit, then heat them up in a coal fire. soak the cup in water (whole thing). Slide the rings on while hot.

the rings should be expanded because of the heat.
the heat burns the soaked wood, making the grooves for the rings.
the water from the wood, causes the rings to cool down, which makes them shrink.

this is why barrels are water tight, without glue.