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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
jecale473 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.
zed6274 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.
What if you just used wood directly from a small tree? Not very "green" I suppose, but that would fix the added chemicals problem altogether. If you have the proper tools you could eliminate the taping together of small pieces of wood and just cut out the general shape of your mug (including handle, even) and power-sand away. I personally don't know much about woodworking, but I know people carve things out of woodblocks sometimes.
ewitwins4 years ago
What I would do for the rings is heat them up with a torch and wet the grooves so that the rings burn themselves into the wood and shrink around it.
vayres4 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.
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.
DrJase4 years ago
Large hose clips work really well for the steel bands, and can be used initially to hold everything together while the glue dries, and left on as the decoration.