For many folks, the morning cup of coffee is one of life’s great joys, a sacred ritual and/or an absolute necessity. I’m happy that this big shrink pot will become a part of the morning routine for one coffee lover.
For a larger pot like this in cherry (6″ diamer a the base and 7″ high, excluding the finial), I hollow the interior with a gouge and mallet after boring a 2″ hole through with a T-handle auger. Should hold a lot of ground or whole coffee beans for her.
A good lid will keep that coffee fresh. Making it can take as long as making the pot. I made this lid from a radially-split billet of dry cherry. The “quarter-sawn” grain orientation should keep seasonal movement to a minimum.
I carved a rabbet into the underside of the lid. The wall of the rabbet is tapered to match the taper carved inside the rim of the pot. This allows the lid to settle in with no wiggle room as the heavy lid seats. The finial was carved from cherry burl and through-tenoned into the lid. The interior was left unfinished.
I couldn’t resist a little carved sketch on the basswood bottom. I’ve written several posts on shrink pots. Check out the “shrink box” category from the pull-down menu to the right, and have some fun making a new partner for your morning ritual.