My Beer Swap Offering

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Project by HokieKen posted 08-23-2019 03:58 PM 691 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our 3rd annual Beer Swap is winding down. If you want to see some awesome stuff, hop over there and check it out. Reveal pictures start at post #1597 if you don’t want to read through all the posts. And trust me, you don’t…

My recipient this year was Nathan (LJ Lazyman). I was glad I got his name for two main reasons. First, I have done a mug for the last two beer swaps and wanted to do something different this year. Since Nathan is an accomplished turner, I wasn’t worried that he would be disappointed in not getting a mug from me :-). Second, this is the first year I haven’t had a recipient who preferred dark beers. I’m not a fan of most dark beers so it’s hard for me to pick those out for others. But since Nathan and I both like IPAs, I had no problem at all getting him a selection of locally brewed ones.

Along with the beers, I sent Nathan some shop coasters and a bottle opener. For the coasters, I made a Walnut and Oak checkerboard a few months ago and had the foresight to glue up a couple of extra strips at the time. A couple of additional glue ups and a few more cuts and I had an end-grain glue up to cut some coasters from. I then turned a holder for the coasters from a piece of spalted Maple. The coasters have several coats of poly to protect them from moisture and the Maple holder is just a couple coats of shellac to preserve the natural colors which I find exceptional personally.

The bottle opener was a little more of a challenge. I wanted to come up with a truly unique design. Which is hard when you’ve looked at several hundred examples online… I didn’t come up with a completely unique design but when I saw this one from Niles Bottle Stoppers, I liked that I could turn it on my metal lathe and decided to go all metal from there. So I spent a couple evenings with a piece of steel bar and my 1936 South Bend lathe and just winged it.

I made it in two pieces that thread together with room for a wood ring between.

I started with a piece of Desert Ironwood my buddy Dave sent me for the wood inlay but I just didn’t like the look of it.

So I scrapped that and used a piece of really nice Walnut my buddy EarlS sent me instead and that’s what you see in the project pictures. Finish on the Walnut is Tru Oil. The top piece with the opener part is 303 Stainless Steel and the base with the knurled part is some Carbon Steel but not sure what exactly. I opted to use carbon steel for the bottom in case Nathan decided he wanted to stick it on a magnet somewhere in the shop.

And, for the important part of Nathan’s package ;-)

Some good VA IPAs! And one Kolsch. Because I always send a Majestic Mullet because I love the name, the artwork and because it’s just a plain good beer.

Thanks to all of this year’s participants! This swap is always such good fun. I look forward to it every year. It’s almost like a holiday for me :-)

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 08-23-2019 04:06 PM

Nice set of coasters and opener, Kenny! And good job running the swap!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 08-23-2019 04:27 PM

Awesome job! I agree, the walnut won out over the ironwood. Not many occasions where that would be true but this time it is.

Way to be creative on this one brother.

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

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#3 posted 08-23-2019 06:49 PM

Nice tubafor coasters!!! ;+)

I like the single piece spalted maple coaster holder. It matches up well with the endgrain oak and walnut coasters.

The bottle opener is a seriously nice piece of metal work.

Thanks for running the swap. This was the smoothest running swap that I’ve been part of.

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

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#4 posted 08-23-2019 06:56 PM

Nice Ken! I really like the coaster holder. I may have to borrow that design. Great job all around.

-- 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 08-23-2019 08:24 PM

That is a manly man beer opener. Nice Kenny.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 08-23-2019 08:51 PM

Nicely done Kenny! I recognize some of those beers from last year – and for the record I love my turned beer mug – and dark beers!!! For a guy who doesn’t like them, you sure did a great job picking out a bunch of winners for me!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#7 posted 08-23-2019 09:58 PM

Nice one Kenny,
as I said on the thread, With that opener you could sit and open beer bottles continuously for 10 or 20 years, non stop and that opener would still be as new.
( i say your the man for the job, Thats if you can get it back off Nathan)
Very nice that , Opener and the coasters will be around for a long time.
The turning work on the coaster holder of maple is sensational.
Great swap

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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#8 posted 08-23-2019 10:18 PM

Ohhh. I thought it was a 2 lb barbell and some really tiny end grain cutting boards. I was using them to slice cherry tomatoes from my garden ;-)

The can opener is really bad-ass. I actually was stumped at first about what it was but finally figured it out. I know that Kenny made the coasters to protect cast iron in the shop but I may use them in the house because they are much nicer than what we are using now.

-- 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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#9 posted 08-23-2019 10:24 PM

... and I finally cracked one open. Thanks Kenny, both for the beer and accessories and running the swap.

Mmmmmmm, beeeer. He also sent the ruthless rye glass because he know show much like Rye IPAs.

-- 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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#10 posted 08-24-2019 12:44 AM

Great stuff Kenny! Can you explain how you accomplished the texture on the opener (random knurling?)...

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#11 posted 08-24-2019 01:27 AM

Thanks fellas!

Nathan, glad you like it all :-) I have a feeling you’re in for several days of beers you’ll really enjoy ;-)

Mike, the texture is just a really coarse straight diagonal knurl done on the lathe. I actually scrapped tge first base piece because I tried tondo a nice, fine knurl and the material was just too hard for my lightweight knurling tool. I was happy with how the coarse knurl came out though.

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

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#12 posted 08-24-2019 08:54 PM

Well done, Sir.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#13 posted 08-24-2019 09:13 PM

I really like the coarse knurl as opposed to the normal checkering look! But is it repeatable? Ha ha ha!
I have a nice little Atlas lathe that I am going to be setting up at the new store. So now everything I see done in metal gets my attention. I’ll probably be asking all kinds of stupid questions before long!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#14 posted 08-24-2019 10:18 PM

That’s awesome Mike! Ask away :-) There are a couple of other LJs that I consult for while they dip their toes in the metal working pool ;-) And yeah, that knurl is totally repeatable. Reliably even ;-)

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

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#15 posted 08-24-2019 10:19 PM

Thanks for checking it out WC :-)

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

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