View Full Version : Making Bamboo Mugs or Drinking cups

13th June 2005, 08:44 AM

I have some nice sized bamboo growing in my back yard probably around 3 1/2 inches think 35 feet tall. i am wanting to make some bamboo mugs or drinking glasses out of one of the shoots but not sure what laquer or polyurathene to use. also not sure of all of the procedures to go about doing it. i figure i can cut out each section for my mugs but from there on is where i need instruction. i not wanting anything really fancy just simple drinking glasses or mugs and how to preserve them so i can put liquid in them to drink and not be harmed by. if you could please give me some direction in my project i would greatly appreciate it. thanks a bunch!

-Ted Kennel
Chattanooga, Tn

Mark Meckes
13th June 2005, 08:19 PM
Hi Ted, thanks for writing!

Here's a couple reference links on this subject discussed so far ...

Bamboo Cups Mugs and Tankards (http://www.bamboocraft.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1142)

Finishing bamboo cups (http://www.bamboocraft.net/forums/showthread.php?t=819)

One consideration in turning a culm into a cup is in the making and finishing of the cup rim.
Making it smooth and splinter free is one thing, and then there's the issue of whether to taper the inside edge or the outside edge, for easier pouring or drip free drinking ...
Well, theres a million types of cups made from other things, so I'm sure that bambuseros are going to come up with some very interesting variations!


14th June 2005, 07:22 AM

Thanks for the reply. i am also wanting to know about safe glazes/laquers/polyurethenes i could use to finish the inside of my mugs that would be unharmful for people to drink out of. could you also give me some suggestions what glazes/polyurethenes/laquers to use. thanks a bunch.


Mark Meckes
14th June 2005, 03:46 PM
Following are a couple related threads.

Non-Toxic Food Grade Finishes for bamboo (http://www.bamboocraft.net/forums/showthread.php?threadid=820)

Treating the inside of a bamboo "tube" (http://www.bamboocraft.net/forums/showthread.php?t=925)

There are a lot of `non-toxic' varnishes and finishes used on kitchen ware, and childrens toys etc.
We have to rely on the information this industry provides, ie, manufacturers and regulatory authorities, and woodworkers who have tried them on other surfaces.

Some finishes have toxic solvents during application, which after a period of drying, evaporate, with the remaining coating being non toxic.

Here's a Thread about -

Bamboo lacquerware and urishol based lacquers (http://www.bamboocraft.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1304)


7th August 2007, 02:26 PM
hi all... im new to bamboo but a pretty good wood worker trying to expand my horizons... i aquired lotsa bamboo from a local guy with a 30 yr old grove and one idea crossed my mind with drop off .... cups and shot glasses.... simple enough but what can these be coated with.... or do they even need to be??

alcoholic beverage cups
ya..... forgot to add the alcohol factor..... i guess some coatings would be compromised by contact with tequilla and the like...

thanx, kel

Mark Meckes
7th August 2007, 03:13 PM
Hi kel,
Your post(s) have been merged with this thread.
See some links in the above posts for references to sealing the bamboo etc.
It's not really necessary though the bamboo will get stains from use.


7th August 2007, 03:56 PM
hey.... thanx for the quick response!! just a note here... i just got finnished curing a cane w a torch..... beautiful finish.... had no idea the effects that could be created!!! just the cane alone is awesome..... now to make something outa it!!

Mark Meckes
7th August 2007, 04:18 PM
Yes, heat tempered (toasted) bamboo can produce some interesting effects.

In addition ... From Wikepedia ... Toast (honor) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toast_%28honor%29)

The act of toasting consists of three parts: The verbal toast, the agreement, and imbibing a drink.