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Once those parts are dry, reassemble the log.
Aim is to have a border that’s ‘relatively’ uniform & therefore you’ll cut away the excess. A good hatchet and knife is all you’ll need.
Cut another piece of a big log, or cheat again. Split it & try to obtain the biggest plank you can get out of it. Cut it about a half inch thick & let it dry.
Your mug needs grooves: two on the outside, one on the inside. The outsiders will serve as tighting zone when you’ll reassemble the log while the insider will hold the bottom in place.
Reassemble the log & mark the future grooves. Start grooving.
What’s the best way to make solid no-glue-no-spike wood connections?
The inside groove’s got to be a lot deeper than the outsiders.
I started the insiders the way I did the outsiders, but after half an hour labouring I began to feel a desperate need for a simple saw. ‘Only for two little minutes!’ that bad bad little voice said to me. Since I promised myself not to use that tool for anything else but cutting the log I decided to ‘cheat without cheating’.
So I turned my knife – temporarly – into a saw by smashing it to another knife to obtain a rougher cutting edge.
No need to say that it worked perfectly. No rules in bushcraft.
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