Wooden Beer Mug




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

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

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

Step 3: Glueing

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

Step 4: Tourniqueting

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

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

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

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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1 year ago

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.


Reply 1 year ago

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


2 years ago

I would like to point everyone towards this article. It clears everything up. http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/q-a-is-polyurethane-food-safe The answer covers a lot of finishes.


3 years ago

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


4 years ago

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

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5 years 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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Reply 4 years ago

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


Reply 4 years ago

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.


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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.


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).

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.

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Reply 4 years ago

dude...just as he said...pallet wood may be toxic...so...unless 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.