Beer Swap 2019, Beer Tankard and bottle opener

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Project by Steve posted 08-24-2019 12:19 PM 1158 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Decided to participate in my first LJ swap and it turned out to be a lot of fun. Of course I decided to not make it easy on myself and picked something that definitely stretched my abilities. With the exception of the bottom of the tankard, all wood came from rough timber.

Materials used for the tankard were cherry, silver maple and red oak. Bottle opener is Mulberry I believe with homemade eastern red cedar dowels.

Once I had milled up the Cherry and Silver Maple, I followed most of the steps from this Instructable. However, for the bottom I went a slightly different route. I envisioned a small lip on the bottom, similar to real beer mugs. So I broke out my dad’s old craftsman router table and proceeded to route dadoes about a 1/2” up from the bottom of each stave. Doing it over, i would have done this step before I cut each stave to it’s final size because it was extremely hard to hold each piece without having it move while cutting. Once I had all the pieces ready, I taped them together to get the size of the bottom circle needed and cut that out. Then the handle was cut out and shaped and holes drilled for the dowels.

After a nerve racking glue up was done, some block planing and a lot of hand sanding got the outside ready. Handle was glued on and I finished it with two coats of wipe on poly. My original intent was to use brewer’s pitch or a food safe epoxy to finish the inside, but ultimately I left it unfinished as I couldn’t decide and ran out of time. That’s my one regret on this project. Thanks for reading.

Here’s a few pics during the build

Silver maple


Couple shots of the bottom

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 08-24-2019 12:48 PM

Nice work, Steve! I did my first tankard for the swap last year, and it was quite a challenge. Well done, pulling it off!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 08-24-2019 03:22 PM

Awesome work Steve!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#3 posted 08-24-2019 05:35 PM

Lookin good, Steve!

Now it’s time to make one to keep.

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#4 posted 08-24-2019 07:09 PM

Great work Steve, Not easy getting those Laths correct.
Cooperage clearly a dying skill throughout the world,
Lets see a barrel?
Kind Regards

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#5 posted 08-24-2019 07:49 PM

Nothing says beer swap like an old school tankard. I wouldn’t have had a clue where to start to make one like this. Mine would have been square. Great job!!

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

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#6 posted 08-25-2019 01:29 AM

Sweet work there. That looks great.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 08-26-2019 12:36 AM

I would be too afraid to attempt that Steve, but you pulled it off beautifully!

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

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