Beer Swap 2020

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Project by Keebler1 posted 09-19-2020 11:03 PM 677 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up the beer swap and it was fun. Main thing I made was a koozie using the koozie kit from woodcraft. I glued hard maple and padauk together to make it. When I started turning it the hard maple start tearing chunks off bad enough I wasnt sure I was gonna be able to get all the rough spots turned out but I did thankfully. It was somewhat hard to get it turned in a shape I liked(I dont like standard shaped turnings unless they are necessary to be made a certain way) and still make it comfortable to grab. Hollowing it out was easier just used a forstner bit to get most of it and turned the rest back with my square turning tool. I marked the depth I wanted to hollow it with tape on the tool bar. Then put some danish oil insided, cut the foam down to size and inserted it before epoxying on the blue top. I finished it with danish oil. I also picked up a pair of bottle openers while at woodcraft. One is screwed in the bottom of the koozie in the recess I made to hold it on my chuck.
The extra item is a bottle opener. I ordered some small turning blanks off ebay. Not sure what type of wood it is but it’s soft. I left it in my jawhorse after paing it for a week and it left flat spots in the wood. I ran a dowel about 1/2” into each blank since it was an end grain glue up and glued two blanks together. Before putting the blank on my lathe I drilled a 1.5” hole a good depth into part of the blank to hold the bottle opener. Then I turned it into a small baseball bat(hopefully my recipients family doesn’t decide to use the bat against him). I painted it the colors of his favorite baseball team. Then got the opener screwed in. For reference the bottle opener instructions say drill a 1.5” hole but it was a little tight. I would suggest a hair bigger so you dont have to use a mallet to seat it.

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#1 posted 09-19-2020 11:35 PM

You did an amazing job on these. I have always wanted to try a koozie but never have yet. I think a wood koozie is the perfect thing for a wood worker. Dave, doubleDD mailed me one years ago and I love it. The bat opener is such a creative idea also. Good job on both buddy!

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

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#2 posted 09-20-2020 12:45 AM


-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 09-20-2020 01:04 AM

One thing about the bat bottle opener is it would be hard to misplace :-) Nice job on the Koozie too!

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

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#4 posted 09-20-2020 02:06 AM

Good job, Keebler! Wouldn’t have thought of an opener in the bottom of a koozie, but that’ll be a tough one to lose!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 09-20-2020 02:15 AM

Nice job on the koozie. I’ve seen those kits at WC but never tried one. Great gift for a beer swap.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 09-20-2020 03:08 PM

the koozie is cool but that opener is over the top

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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