Lumberjocks Beer Swap

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Project by duckmilk posted 08-29-2017 06:11 PM 1862 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first swap ended up being the beer swap. Why? Because the people I work for also own a brewery, so why not. I made this for ksSlim.
I got the idea of a wooden koozie from a project by LJ doubleDD . I asked him a lot of questions and he graciously helped me out. But I didn’t have a lathe or any turning experience.

I had some walnut that I glued up and contacted my buddy LJ Putty who does have a lathe. So he helped me greatly and taught me a lot.

This is me:

And here’s Putty:

We made 2 since we weren’t sure how they would work out. The first one is simple in shape but worked, so we got a little fancier with the second one and made it more of a barrel shape.

After that I went to visit my son who makes guitars in 1/2 of a one car garage.

He had some box elder burl which we used to make scales for a stainless bottle opener.

I had made a 1” wide groove around the center of the koozies to receive a 1” wide strip of leather with LJ Beer Swap 2017 stamped on it. However the leather I had on hand was too thick so I sanded it…for a long time until inspiration set in. I set my little 220 block for a really aggressive cut and learned that you can in fact plane leather.

I stamped the leather and glued it on and started putting polyurethane on everything. I put a small strip of neoprene around the upper inside to keep a bottle from rattling around. Dave (doubleDD) used foam weather striping which I think would have been better than the neoprene. But it is just applied with spray adhesive, so it can easily be changed.

I got the beers from the brewery and the Head Brewer at Whistle Post Brewery
also bottled 2 more for me that were not currently being bottled. So I printed up some lables for those two from images on the website.

I want to especially thank Putty for his invaluable help.

Thanks for looking

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#1 posted 08-29-2017 06:39 PM

nicely done on the koozie, and the beer looks good.

Thanks for a job well done


-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#2 posted 08-29-2017 07:46 PM

Looks good Duck,

You now need to get your lathe up and running.

-- Putty

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#3 posted 08-29-2017 07:52 PM

Wait it’s a koozie? I thought it was a mug! Koozie Mug either way it’s awesome. And yes you need to get a lathe that I can come borrow.

-- I refuse to edit the photo orientation for this website any longer. It’s an issue they should address and correct. Gary, Texas

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#4 posted 08-29-2017 08:07 PM

Love the koozie Duck. The leather wrap commemorating the swap really makes it special. And that’s a manly sized opener too. The box elder burl is truly beautiful wood. Nice job all the way around!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 08-29-2017 08:14 PM

Awesome job Duck. I will be in the Dallas area next May. I am going to look you and that brewery up.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 08-29-2017 09:11 PM

Nicely done, Duck! I like the leather Depends strap.

Gary got me some Whistle Stop Rooster Shooter, too. Good stuff!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 08-29-2017 11:17 PM

Duck, you did a great job on the swap. Everything looks good, even the beer. Nice job on the koozie, especially adding the leather strap. Nice and personalized. Looks like I will have competition on the koozies now.
Thanks for the mention and you’re more than welcome.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 08-29-2017 11:58 PM

nicely done on the koozie, and the beer looks good.

Thanks for a job well done


- ksSlim

Thanks Slim. I seriously hope you are doing well. You have all my good wishes and blessings.

Hope you will be able to sample the beers soon. Some are mighty tasty.


-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#9 posted 08-30-2017 12:08 AM

Looks good Duck,

You now need to get your lathe up and running.

- putty

Not my lathe, you need to teach me some more and we need to make some more of those. I couldn’t have done it without you buddy :-))

Yes Gary, a koozie, it has a hole in the bottom to let the condensation out ;)

Thanks Bill, my first in so many ways.

Pooh, heck yeah! I’ll give you a tour and the beer won’t cost you anything (as long as they don’t fire me first).

Minn Dave, thanks! I had to come up with something to explain why I was planing leather ;) They have some others that I think are even better than the Rooster Shooter.

Double Dave, your answers to my questions were what got me there, and Putty. You were my inspiration, many thanks!!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#10 posted 08-30-2017 12:55 AM

Duck, that is awesome. I love the leather tied into the koozy. Gave it a classy look. Nice to see you wood working with your Son. Time with a Son is time well spent. Super job my friend! I too hope Slim is better soon and can enjoy the bounty you sent him.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 08-30-2017 01:07 AM

Excellent Duck!! Just saw this. Love this project. You did an awesome job.

Very unique and the grain is nice and straight. Looks clean.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#12 posted 08-30-2017 01:26 AM

This is top-notch stuff Duck! That leather on the Walnut gives me the warm fuzzies inside! And those scales are awesome on the opener. And that Whistle Post Brewery makes some very nice looking brews with a Texas touch. I can vouge for one of them and expect to see many more in my future:-)

Glad you joined up buddy! You brought a lot to the conversation and really took us up a notch with this project!

Congrats Slim on a nice package! Take care of yourself and enjoy these when you can buddy.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 08-30-2017 01:47 AM

Congrats on the top 3, Duck!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 08-30-2017 01:23 PM

Awesome work Duck! A great collaborative effort too.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 08-30-2017 02:19 PM

You did a nice job on those two mugs. The wood id beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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