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Project by mikeacg posted 09-04-2018 07:44 PM 1240 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had the pleasure of being a part of the 2018 Beer Swap and was lucky to get a fine gentleman from Texas who goes by the name Duckmilk. Knowing that he raises horses helped me a lot with my bonus item as I had an idea for a bottle opener with a herd of wild horses running across the top under the title “Hold Your Horses!”. I had a nice piece of birch that was begging to be used and due to the detail of the design I had the opportunity to use a 1/16” tapered ballnose bit in my CNC (a bit daunting as that thing is skinny and fragile looking!!!) Had a great depth map of horses that I wanted to use (that’s the grayscale picture – white is high and black is low in the scheme of carving an image like this). The horseshoe catch came to me as a perfect fit and the plexi cover made it easy to see if it was getting full (sometimes when beer is involved one forgets to keep track of such things…).
I sent Mike a six-pack of locally brewed beers from 3 breweries in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and then my beer-making buddy offered up a bottle of his latest effort – a New England style IPA beer – to complete the package. Any questions, please feel free to ask! Thanks for looking!
Special thanks to Duckmilk for supplying some of the pictures as I was not as thorough as I should have been while building this project!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#1 posted 09-04-2018 07:57 PM

That’s a fine looking opener, Mike! I like the horsey theme!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 09-04-2018 07:59 PM

Well Mike, like I posted in our beer swap forum…your build is just excellent. The carving is great and the horseshoe catch is very creative. You matched your project perfectly to your recipient and that gets really high marks in my book.
Super job Yooper!

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#3 posted 09-04-2018 08:05 PM

What they said Mike^ The CNC carving gives you the ability to do some really unique things in and of itself. But the way you created something new and tailored to Duck’s interests shows the sincerity and thought that went into your offering. Excellent work. I hope you’ll continue to participate in the annual beer swaps. I have a crazy feeling that you might get my name next year ;-)

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

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#4 posted 09-04-2018 10:02 PM

This was one of my favorite from the beer swap. I really liked the creativity!

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

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#5 posted 09-04-2018 10:06 PM

That is really cool!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 09-04-2018 11:27 PM

Very nicely done.

I really like the unique top catcher and it looks easy to empty too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 09-05-2018 12:51 AM

Thanks guys! I really enjoyed this one and will definitely be back for more. If I get you in the next swap Kenny maybe I’ll make you a magnetic magic wand to empty the cap catcher! It will look good with your cape!!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#8 posted 09-05-2018 08:53 AM

I usually make those stuff…great horse theme and horse motives and carving are just great…especially horse shoe.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 09-05-2018 09:35 AM

Thank you Ivan!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#10 posted 09-05-2018 11:16 AM

You sure moved the bar up on creativity for the next beer swap. The horse shoe cap collector makes the piece.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#11 posted 09-05-2018 01:46 PM

Thanks Earl! Pretty nice coming from someone who wasn’t even in the swap but then… Wait! He was!!! I like the way you think!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#12 posted 09-05-2018 04:03 PM

I hate it when people post projects that make me want to get a CNC machine. ;-) The horseshoe collector is particularly cleaver. I won’t be surprised if I start seeing something similar at craft fairs soon.

Nicely done.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#13 posted 09-05-2018 05:05 PM

Well conceived design, that is a nice swap item.

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 09-05-2018 05:14 PM

That’s thinking outside the box, a real nice design and build!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 09-05-2018 07:38 PM

Thanks for such a creative swap item Mike. My wife and I were really in awe of what you sent. I’m thinking of mounting it right here in my shop next to the beer fridge for now, but we have plans to build a house next year (maybe? meeting with another builder today) and it will definitely be relocated there.
I had an idea it was cnc carved. Those machines do some amazing work.
I can’t thank you enough!
Top 3!

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

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