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  • Beginner wanting to make coffee mug.

    Hi forum. I am a beginner, and I would like to learn how to make a coffee mug for my first project. I have a table saw, some chisels and a dremel set. How do I get started, and what techniques would you suggest for making one?

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    Re: Beginner wanting to make coffee mug.

    There was a pretty cool article in the Fall 2014 issue of Wood Carving Illustrated of a coffee mug with a face on it. If you are looking for something a little more straight forward, Google "Kuksa" carving…it's not quite a coffee mug shape, but you could certainly put coffee in it while you ponder your next creation!


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    • #3
      Re: Beginner wanting to make coffee mug.

      Also, this question really probably belongs in the beginners section…you'll probably get more hits there.


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        Re: Beginner wanting to make coffee mug.

        Originally posted by Riddus View Post
        Google "Kuksa" carving…

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        thanks for the tip of the kuksa. wow, that opens up a whole new genre of carving ideas. spoons, bowls, mugs, pipes, coffee cups... loads of things for ideas.
        a different style alright.
        did a google images search word kuksa
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        • #5
          Re: Beginner wanting to make coffee mug.

          Originally posted by Riddus View Post
          There was a pretty cool article in the Fall 2014 issue of Wood Carving Illustrated of a coffee mug with a face on it.
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          To get a copy of the article or the entire magazine that Riddus mentions, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and you'll see the telephone number and email address for the Fox Chapel customer service people. Just call them and ask.

          As to a coffee mug that is meant for real coffee, you have a significant potential of the mug developing cracks because of putting something hot and wet in it repeatedly. There are several ways around this problem. One is to coat the inside of the mug with a few layers of epoxy. Another is to coat it with one of the resin products similar to what is used to cover the surface of bars. Yet another is to impregnate the wood using a mixture of plexiglas dissolved in acetone using a vacuum process. Still another would be to get a glass liner and carve the mug to fit around the glass.

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          • #6
            Re: Beginner wanting to make coffee mug.

            I've lost it! Somebody posted a link to a maker of coffee mug inserts. Carvers make the skin and the insert drops in. Easy dishwasher safe for the inserts. I think that this is the practical and logical way to go. The skins could even be birchbark!

            I collect one-of-a-kind wine glasses, particularly when I get to watch the artisan make it. I might use them once but that's it. Metal & wood. Ever watched a glass guy make a wine glass, outdoors at night? Away down the road from the la-dee-dah Laguna Beach Arts Festival in the "Sawdust Festival." Sometimes, I just gotta have it.
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            • #7
              Re: Beginner wanting to make coffee mug.

              In Fall magazine of WCI, a few pages before the article of the cup with the face, there is an article and pattern of a kuksa. The article calls it a "Camping Cup"
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              • #8
                Re: Beginner wanting to make coffee mug.

                Google coffee+mug+insert
                Whole bunch of different sources and materials from plastic to stainless steel.
                I'd buy an insert then carve the skin to fit.

                kuksa: fine examples of what you can do with Mora #162, #163 and #164.
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