Looking for a mini Woodworking project for the weekend?
Try making a big wooden beer mug.
It sounds difficult, but if you have the right set of tools, and patience, you can make a nice decorative wooden beer mug.
Once you make it, you can gift to your friends, or keep it for yourself. That’s up to you.
The dimension of the wooden mug we will build is 15 cm x 22 cm.
Caution: Due the pallet wood used to make the bottom of the mug, drinking beer from it is unsafe
With that cleared, let’s start with the steps to make a wooden beer mug.
Step 1: Cut the wood
You will need 15 sticks for it. Keep the length of each stick at 22 cm, the width at 3.1 cm and shear it at angle of 12 degrees.
Step 2: Tape them together
Place the stick around a paint container and tape them together. Leave out one stick for an opening. We will need this opening later.
Step 3: Glue it
Now take the 15 sticks, stuck together by tape, lay it on a flat surface and apply some glue between each of them such that become snug and tight.
Step 4: Tourniqueting
Take the sticks and fold them together in the form of a barrel. Use some ropes to make a tight knot. Take some tapes and apply them around the barrel. This is to tighten the glue. Let it dry for some time.
Step 5: Make the handle
Take a block of wood and carve out a 20 cm x 8 cm ear from it. Since ear is curved, you will need a jigsaw to cut it out. After that, use an angle grinder to make it smoother.
Step 6: Decorate it
Looks matter, right?
Once your mug has dried, use an angle grinder to carve out a groove of about half an inch, at two locations – 3 inches from top, and 3 inches from bottom. Cut out two strips of half inches from sheet metal and nail it in the grooves.
Step 7: Put things together
Use drill and screws to join handle to the mug. Once you are done with that, use glue to stick base to the mug. Carve a circle from a block of wood for that.
Step 8: Sand it
Use sandpaper to sand the entire surface of the wooden beer mug. This will remove excess wood and glue from the beer mug. Do sanding at inner surface as well.
Step 9: Paint it (optional)
If you want to gift this wooden beer mug, you can make it look even more amazing by painting it.
Use a gel-based varnish to coat the wooden surface and let it dry for some time. Then use some oil-based paint of the colour of your choice and paint the surface. Then take paints of other colours and write your loved one’s name of the surface.
This will make this wooden beer mug a great gift.