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2019 Beer Swap - Wood 'n Leather Beer Chest

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Project by Bill Berklich posted 08-24-2019 12:34 AM 532 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok for the 2019 LJ Beer Swap I pulled together a Wood ‘n Leather Beer Chest. Black Mesquite and Angelim ends and Tooled veg tanned leather front and back/top. The button is turned from Applewood provided by a fellow LJ’er. The handle is Aluminum and American Elm. Finished with 3 coats of poly for the wood and a couple applications of neatsfoot oil on the leather.

-- Bill - Rochester MI





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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 08-24-2019 12:42 AM

That’s a sharp-looking beer chest, Bill! A step above the usual tote.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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EarlS

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#2 posted 08-24-2019 12:48 AM

The leather adds a whole different feel to the chest. Sturdy and stylish!!!

Heck, I might even use it for a lunch box, or a small picnic basket (only occasionally – I wouldn’t want the beer swap police to show up and take it away from me for mis-use).

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

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Bill Berklich

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#3 posted 08-24-2019 12:51 AM

Lol… Good uses all or a good tool tote. One of the prototypes is going to hold my leather tools.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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anthm27

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#4 posted 08-24-2019 12:56 AM

Sensational work Bill, Real original, The leather work is great along with the exotic species of woods you used.
It sounds ridiculous but I would love to have a smell of it. I can almost sense that cow hide smell from here.
Hand craftsmanship. Real good work.
I am sure Earl will put it to good use.
After sending me his superbly crafted mosaic coasters Earl definitely deserves such a fine gift.
Regards
Anthony

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

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mikeacg

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#5 posted 08-24-2019 11:16 AM

Very creative and different Bill! I love it when people expand their horizons a bit. I definitely did not see this one coming!


Heck, I might even use it for a lunch box, or a small picnic basket (only occasionally – I wouldn t want the beer swap police to show up and take it away from me for mis-use).
- EarlS

Don’t worry Earl! Just proclaim in a loud voice, “Get thee behind me Kenny!” and you’ll be just fine!

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

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Bill Berklich

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#6 posted 08-24-2019 11:35 AM



Very creative and different Bill! I love it when people expand their horizons a bit. I definitely did not see this one coming!

Heck, I might even use it for a lunch box, or a small picnic basket (only occasionally – I wouldn t want the beer swap police to show up and take it away from me for mis-use).
- EarlS

Don t worry Earl! Just proclaim in a loud voice, “Get thee behind me Kenny!” and you ll be just fine!

- mikeacg

This definitely was an extension of my horizons. I’ve been meaning to do some leather work for a long time (hammer engraving too) I actually had to BUY some new tools ;-)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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jeffswildwood

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#7 posted 08-24-2019 11:59 AM

Bill, you covered all the bases with this one. Wood, leather and metal. Nicely done and they all seem to go together with each other. Nicely done!

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

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HokieKen

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#8 posted 08-24-2019 03:31 PM

I love it Bill! Super unique idea to a well-explored tote arena. I would seriously carry is as a lunch box :-)

So you’re safe Earl, I’ll allow it. Just feed it a beer now and then to remind it of its real purpose.

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

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clieb91

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#9 posted 08-25-2019 11:00 AM

Nice look and the usefulness abounds.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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duckmilk

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#10 posted 08-26-2019 12:50 AM

Very nice look with the addition of leather and metal handle Bill! Great job!

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

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