2020 beer swap

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 09-19-2020 11:25 PM 857 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The 4th annual beer swap is just wrapping up and here is my entry. This set went to Chris, Clieb91. First, the coasters. I noticed that Chris has been in many swaps and made quite a few nice swap projects. So I made a coaster set to commemorate his swaps. I chose to use a wood assortment and made them each different. There is cherry, walnut, box elder, maple, silver maple and oak. Inserted into each is a foam insert with five of his swap projects from the past. In the sixth one is the beer swap logo, designed by Ken and personalized with his LJ name and beer swap 2020. Next is the holder. It’s made from walnut and maple. The maple is turned on the end and locked into the walnut. Walnut and maple is always a good combination. Next is a hand turned bottle opener in walnut. This is the first one I ever made. Next is the beer. Well, Chris don’t drink so he requested soda instead. A lucky stroke for me as I get a bit nervous mailing beer. Long story. I included an assortment of root beer, since it is a beer swap, and some black cherry. Not pictured is a jar of blackberry jelly I made recently. A very good batch. Chris, I hope you like all the items and they serve you well for years.

A thanks to my Son for printing and making the inserts for me and for the photography.

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

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#1 posted 09-19-2020 11:44 PM

Nice job on the coasters. I never wouldve thought about something like that. Might have to steal the idea for a cheistmas present. How did you get the oictures onto the foam and what type foam did you use?

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#2 posted 09-20-2020 12:01 AM

Keebler, I’m very lucky that my Son works for a printing and graphics company. Clinch Valley Printing. He took care of that part for me. The image is printed on quarter inch foam, (I don’t know the type) four inch diameter. I pick what I want and he does all the creative picture work. Resizing and color enhancement. My part was the wood. Cutting, routering and lathe work so they fit nice and snug. I can check with him about any orders and your more then welcome to steal the idea! :-)))

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

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#3 posted 09-20-2020 12:16 AM

Excellent offering Jeff. Too cool man.

Well done.

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

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#4 posted 09-20-2020 12:44 AM

Nice job on adding a very personal touch!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 09-20-2020 01:10 AM

Great idea of making coasters picturing some of his projects! You created something new and imaginative for this swap. Nicely done Jeff!

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

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#6 posted 09-20-2020 01:47 AM

That is first class. Very unique.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#7 posted 09-20-2020 02:02 AM

Jeff, that’s using your imagination. Inserting his swap projects is the coolest thing. Nicely done all around.

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

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#8 posted 09-20-2020 02:03 AM

Great job, Jeff. The personalized coasters are a great touch!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 09-20-2020 04:05 AM

Ncie work on the coasters Jeff! Nice swap project!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 09-20-2020 05:33 AM

So cool coasters! Stand too

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 09-20-2020 11:20 AM

Well done Jeff! Does the foam absorb the condensation?

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, [email protected]

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#12 posted 09-20-2020 11:43 AM

Jeff, Thank you again. Absolutely love this set of coasters. The sodas were a good choice. Looking forward to cracking open the jelly soon, though I may not get much as the wife and daughter both love blackberries.


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

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#13 posted 09-20-2020 12:15 PM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone! I was really glad I could come up with a personalized idea for the swap. Mike-they do soak up some but the printing is a smooth surface. Chris-I’m glad you like it all. It was a fun project and swap. Blackberry’s were really abundant here this year. When the season came in, I took a daily walk picking them along the road I live on. Next thing I knew I had over three gallons of berry’s!

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

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#14 posted 09-20-2020 03:07 PM

I just love the personal coaster idea …. and I bet them sodas where tasty ….. also … IMO you get the ribbon for best of GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#15 posted 09-20-2020 03:19 PM

I had to chuckle when I realized I sent you coaster and you made some for Chris. Personalizing them with his past swap projects was a clever idea as was using a variety of different woods.

Have to say the grain on the bottle opener handle really turned out nice.

Nice work as always.

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

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