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  • autocthon commented on dpmakestuff's instructable Turning Firewood Into a Cup6 months ago
    Turning Firewood Into a Cup

    Beautiful job of turning, but as someone who has made quite a few wooden mugs I have some comments.First, I would be be very leery of of a side turning with the heartwood there, it's not uncommon at all for it to split, especially if it's not dry enough.I did away with the problem of coating the inside to food grade standards ( I did turn some wine glasses like yours and used epoxy) by going down to the nearest flea market and buying old plastic tumblers with a stainless steel liner and taking them apart and using the liner. This does dictate a lot of the design, inside and out, but you can put a lid on them for carrying.For the handles, I have done some like yours but for a more "woodsy" look I use mountain laurel which grows in naturally handle curved profiles ( I usually u...

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    Beautiful job of turning, but as someone who has made quite a few wooden mugs I have some comments.First, I would be be very leery of of a side turning with the heartwood there, it's not uncommon at all for it to split, especially if it's not dry enough.I did away with the problem of coating the inside to food grade standards ( I did turn some wine glasses like yours and used epoxy) by going down to the nearest flea market and buying old plastic tumblers with a stainless steel liner and taking them apart and using the liner. This does dictate a lot of the design, inside and out, but you can put a lid on them for carrying.For the handles, I have done some like yours but for a more "woodsy" look I use mountain laurel which grows in naturally handle curved profiles ( I usually use a wire wheel to strip the bark so it doesn't come off later).Finally; it's very rough on the threaded portion of the tailstock to use a forstner bit for rough cutting (had to replace two so far), so be as gentle as possible and don't "hog" it out. I use my Termite tool once I've taken most out of the middle.

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  • 6 Ways to Plug or Fill Pocket Holes

    It's hard to prove a negative, but I believe you're wrong on TBIII containing wood. Went to their web site and found nothing on it having any. Plus, why wiuld you want to have a glue with maybe the wrong color wood in it when you can mix your own sawdust in it?

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  • autocthon commented on Moy perez woodshop's instructable Miter Saw Station Build8 months ago
    Miter Saw Station Build

    First off, I love the craftsmanship and design: it's beautiful. But, how in the world do you keep sawdust out of all the drawers underneath? I've been butchering wood for many decades and found that sawdust (like water) seeks its own level no matter how many times I blow out the shop with compressed air.As a project it's wonderful and a testament to your skill. But I think I'll keep mine on a sled.

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  • Making Fused Glass Jewelry in a Microwave Kiln

    I fuse with a regular glass (programmable) kiln. I always control the cooling so how do you anneal in this process?

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  • autocthon commented on goodphysics's instructable 42oz Wooden Beer Mug1 year ago
    42oz Wooden Beer Mug

    Very nicely done. Beautiful joinery. The ones I make are (I think) much simpler but they do require a lathe and well dried blanks. I don't go quite as big because I get the plastic tumblers with stainless steel liners at flea markets, cut the plastic off and line my mugs with the SS and since I have only found one size it can't beat yours for two fisted drinkers. I use mountain laurel for the handles, with or without the bark.

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  • autocthon commented on Chris Rode's instructable Wood Knife Block With Copper Frame1 year ago
    Wood Knife Block With Copper Frame

    Good finish, interesting design, a little too busy for my tastes but I love copper and wood. Not sure how long this copper will stay untarnished on the wear points. My one dis-like is calling soldering "welding". Just kinda cringe every time I read it

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