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post #1 of 17 Old 11-24-2011, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanksgiving Coffee Cup

My Daughter and Son-n-law came into town a few says ago for some R&R and spend Thanksgiving dinner with us. It has been a real treat. During one of our many conversations my son-n-law commented that he wished he could make something on a wood lathe. I said lets go to the shop and I'll teach you how. I had a blank ready for a bottle stopper but he had his heart set on making a bowl. Soooo we made a bowl. It's a small bowl but a bowl none the less




Next he wanted to build his wife a coffee cup. So we glued up some scraps and let it set over night. The next day he turned this cup. He did most all the turning, I just pointed him in the right direction. I'd make a couple of cuts for him and turned him loose. I think it turned out pretty good. ( I did make the handle)







I think he's hooked, I heard him tell his wife he "needed" a wood lathe. It was a real hoot watching him turn this and the look on his face when he took it inside to show it off.

Oh one question. What should he use to finish it with so he could actually use it for liquid? Any suggestions would be helpfull.

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Wow, Thats a nice looking mug! Does it leak?
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Don't know yet. I'll let you know when we try it out.

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Mug is Awesome!

It will need some type of finish?

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Just a thought but you can buy inserts from places like Rockler to make a turned travel mug.
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Looks nice. Did you pin/dowel the handle or just glue it?
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Looks nice. Did you pin/dowel the handle or just glue it?
Just glue, and clamp.

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Just a thought but you can buy inserts from places like Rockler to make a turned travel mug.
That's a good idea, I'll look into that. I didn't realize at the time that he wanted to actually use it to drink from. I didn't use a waterproof glue either.

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That's a good idea, I'll look into that. I didn't realize at the time that he wanted to actually use it to drink from. I didn't use a waterproof glue either.
This is one of those evolving pieces...nice practice ...now move on to the real thing.
That looks like cedar...I'm not sure if that is food/liquid compatible.
Regular washing/cleaning might eventually ruin it.
Nice job but consider it a prototype.

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That looks like cedar...
I thought it looked like cedar, too. In which case, whatever you put in it would taste pretty funny!

I've made some tops out of cedar, and finished them with lacquer and wax. Over time, the oils leach out and it still smells like cedar.

Looks pretty cool, though!
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It can be a cool pen holder on a desk
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It is Cedar. It was not orginally suposed to be a usable cup. My Son-n-Law had never used a lathe before so I was teaching him. It's not too bad for the first couple of lessons.

It was an after thought to try to turn it into a usable cup, that's where you guys came in. After reading all the comments it's been decided to just use it as a decoration on a shelf in his office. Thanks for all the comments.

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I would put a finish on it to make the cedar pop and use it for a pencil holder like previously suggested. Would look great on display like that in the kitchen. Nice work,
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Thanks for all the responce. You know the best part of the whole thing was thaa I was able to pass to him a love for turning wood. This kid grew up without a father and he really trys to connect with me (I gotta admit I like him too). Whenever he shows an interest in somthing I'm doing I try to get him involved. It was great to see him standing @ the lathe trying to turn the little bowl, and then when it clicked the look on his face was priceless. He could hardly wait till the next day for the glue-up to cure so he could start on the cup. The only part of the cup that I made was the handle.

We decided to finish it with a two part epoxy and just use it as a display. It will look great on his desk, and I'm sure he will enjoy telling folks that HE made it.

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get him the inserts they work great!


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Very nice coffee cup. Now, how did you make the handle???? Bandsaw and carving??
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Very nice coffee cup. Now, how did you make the handle???? Bandsaw and carving??

I cut it out on the scroll saw and ran it thru the router, a little sanding and there ir was. It just so happened the large end on my orbital belt sander was about the same sixe diameter as the cup, that how I made the raduis so it would glue up correctly.

Thanks for asking,

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