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Shou-sugiban Beer Hutch (Gothic)

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Project by TheWoz posted 06-29-2019 04:04 PM 710 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started a project with no real intent, plan, dimensions; just happened across a 38”x36”x2” slab of old growth Japanese Cedar that a local sawyer had sitting around for 65 years! He was cleaning shop and let it go for $20!
In true Japanese fashion, both faces were completely straight grain and unremarkable; So was I ever surprised when I ripped a strip off the end and found a rediculous amount of wavy burly grain hiding inside!
I re-sawed the entire slab and glued everything up again equally.

Then one of guys at the woodshop was talking about whiskey cabinets…

Long and short, I don’t really drink whiskey, but I do brew so I dimensioned everything for 64oz Swing Top bottle footprint and below with room for glasses, bar accessories and stogies.
Made it Murphey style and have since ‘brass tacked’ a large piece of oiled leather to the inside front to make a serving area.

The Gothic styling was completely unintentional, as I am a happy person who lives in a home with Craftsman/industrial furnishings… but the dramatic sweep of the grain and darkening from burning; along with the chance find of a brass cast skull for a pull handle and vintage hardware tied everything together. The whole case inside and out was burned, burnished with steel wool, doused with BLO and rubbed with Brix Wax (it is buttery smooth) with a loads of texture from the raised grain!

This was first project I made to sell, but I think I like it too much, may have to hold on to it.





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mikeacg

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#1 posted 06-29-2019 08:02 PM

I don’t know what a beer hutch is but if you are going to be in the Beer Swap, I want Kenny to give you my name!!! It is a thing of beauty, from the wood grain to the skull. I may have to try making something like that for the Hearse. It would be a real Party ride then!!!
I’d love to see pictures of it completed and filled with all the appropriate goodies! Amazing job!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 06-30-2019 12:41 AM

That is one neat construction and color execution T’W’. That skull (and brass hinges) really finishes it off and sets the mood.

If you have any timber left over, a pen with the same treatment would make a handy addition (stored inside somewhere) to draw up the shopping list for replenishments.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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MrWolfe

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#3 posted 06-30-2019 12:49 AM

and a bottle opener with the same wood/treatment too!
I’d have a hard time letting it go too. What else does that sawyer have laying around?
Great piece, great job.
jon

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TheWoz

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#4 posted 06-30-2019 02:53 PM

@mikeacg- I haven’t heard of the beer swap but I am completely down to exchange a few bottles!
Thank you for all the kind words, I have never made anything from cedar and didn’t know what to expect. Beer Hutch is just a word I made up since whiskey has a cabinet… lol
But man, you actually have a hearse?! There is all kinds of crazy custom work you could do with that! Do you have any photos of what you have done with it?

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TheWoz

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#5 posted 06-30-2019 02:57 PM

@LBD- I am not letting myself make anymore pens for the time being… it’s sucked up too much of my shop time, and I have a stockpile about 30 deep with no real good way to get rid of them. They are nice enough, but between my schedule in the Navy and not having any clue how to get in on a craft show in Japan, compounded by So many sellers on EBay… I’m just kind of sick of them. Lol

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TheWoz

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#6 posted 06-30-2019 03:15 PM

@mr.wolfe- a bottle opener would be cool… would be a new project, never done one of them before.

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mikeacg

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#7 posted 06-30-2019 05:41 PM

I didn’t realize you were in Japan! Yet another one of you guys where the shipping would be more than the swap items!!! Do they still use APO addresses for you guys? Might help the cost…
Yup – Here’s my ride:

30” stretch. I can fit a 10’ board in the back or 12’ boards if I slide open the window behind the seat…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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