I am trying to make a shaving mug. Similar to this one.
I have a nice piece of Cocobolo that I will use for the finish mug. I wanted to do a practice run before I risk some expensive wood. I had made a razor and brush from Becote. I have a 12 inch 2 X 2 blank. I jointed two sides of the blank then cut 3 " pieces and clued it up to get a 4 X 4 blank.
First part of the problem, I nicked the corner of one of the pieces. Of course that piece needed to be in the center of the four piece glue up as it was one of the jointed sides.
My first problem is this. I have two bottle stopper chucks and the screw chuck that came with my Talon chuck. They all want me to drill a 23/64 hole to thread the bottle stopper or screw chuck into. When I do that, I get a very loose fit. I have taken to drilling a 21/64" hole for stoppers and tapping the hole. I get a better fit. Anyway, When I drilled the blank, due to the chip the bit drifted and I got an elongated hole that nothing would fit in. I drilled the blank to 3/4 with a forstner bit and press fit a piece of 3/4 inch dowel and some glue. That all worked pretty well while I rounded the blank and faced the end. As soon as I try to gouge out the bottom to make the recess for the expanding jaw chuck to hold the mug while I finish it the dowel splits and the blank pops off.
I think the blank is toast and I am stuck experimenting on my cocobolo. My wife has a soap show tomorrow and I promised her shaving mugs to show off her shaving soap. I also would like a matching mug for the razor and brush.
1) Does anyone have an idea to save the Becote blank?
2) Does anyone have a suggestion as to what I am doing wrong mounting screw chucks?
3) Can I hollow out the bottom of the mug to make a recess for the chuck jaws, or am I missing something?
Thank you in advance.