If you’ve read at the title of this article and are eggspecting a ton of egg puns, you’d be absolutely right. This week’s Alternative Tuesday segment from the Acutabove Woodworking channel is to create – yes, you’ve guessed it – an egg cup made out of ABS. The purpose of an egg cup is to hold a boiled egg, so that you don’t have to. A very simple, yet effective design – the egg cup is a great addition to any kitchen. It’s time to get egg static!
Egg cups were – and still are – a prominently European thing and so if you’ve never heard of them before don’t be too alarmed – you’re not alone. According to this article, egg cups were first discovered way back in 3 A.D., preserved in Turkish mosaics within the infamously stricken city of Pompeii. It wasn’t until the 17th century that these cups eggs celled into the spotlight – primarily reserved for use by royalty. The egg cup can come in many different designs such as varying shapes, sizes, and materials. Some of these variations (e.g. cups made of silver) signify affluence or royalty, while other implementations (e.g. clay cups) are a display of novelty and artistic uniqueness. We encourage you to read some other facts about egg cups at this link we poached.
Preferably, you will need:
ABS 2” Rod (any color)
Glue Gun (optional)
A few other general items such as a pen, pencil, tape measure, etc.
Ken starts by cutting a 3.75” length of his 2” dia. rod. He then uses the lathe to hold this dowel and measures the part, followed by turning it to round. Terri-fried of turning ABS on the lathe? Take a look at our short video here for some tips. Ken then marks out his part with a pen and uses a chisel to shape it while the part is spinning in the lathe. Once finished, your part (hopefully) will look something like the image beside this text. To create a nicer surface finish, Ken creates a smaller Acetone chamber that you can leave the part to sit in. This step is completely optional but will give your part some shine.
Be sure to check this channel out regularly for episodes using Plasti-Block™ plastics and get inspired by Ken’s creativity!
Upcoming Plasti-Block™ Themed Episodes
Nov 27th – ABS Artwork
Dec 18th – ABS GoPro Camera Mounts
Jan 1st – ABS Checker Board
The ‘Alternative Tuesday’ segment is a twist and exciting addition to the Acutabove Woodworking channel that was previously dedicated to woodworking. We are excited - along with Ken - to show the benefits of working with plastics.
Plasti-Block™ materials offer rich and vibrant colors that will not chip or fade quickly, are resistant to water and many chemicals, and enable you to build projects that are not very practical with wood or other materials.
Kennyearrings1 has many creative and inspiring ideas and will show you how to make a variety of your own personalized items such as kitchenware, keepsakes, and many more.