Beer Swap Fun in 2021

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Project by mikeacg posted 09-08-2021 12:17 AM 779 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My effort for the 2021 Beer Swap (5th Annual!) and I was given the name of Keebler (aka Kevin)! Hmmmm… what to do?
My inspiration came to me while grocery shopping. I bought a whole bunch of Keebler cookie packs but this one (picture 2) seemed to call out to me. What could be more fun than a 4 1/4” Fudge Stripe Cookie Coaster?
I scanned a couple of them (while eating more than a couple! Research!!!) and then created a vector drawing to work with. I imported that drawing into Aspire which is a really great 3D design program. I ended up with a file (picture 3) for the basic cookie to use for creating G-code for my CNC machine. I also created a file for the fudge stripes to get the proper tolerances between the two parts but I couldn’t figure out any way to get them to look like smooth chocolate so I had to hand carve all 12 of them to get what I wanted.
Well, every stack of coasters needs something to keep them neat and orderly so I whipped up a 3D model of the world famous ‘Hollow Tree’ and added a Keebler sign. The best way to replicate tree bark in my opinion is to hand-carve the wood (It’s also faster than trying to cut it using the CNC). A little paint and… Viola!
I was done with all that thirsty work and ready to start sampling mass quantities of UP beers in order to provide Kevin with a nice variety of beers that I’m pretty sure aren’t available in the Lone Star State (picture 6). It wasn’t easy but one must make sacrifices for the sake of Art!!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#1 posted 09-08-2021 12:52 AM

mike i gotta say ive seen plenty of coasters on this forum but those are hands down the coolest ever.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 09-08-2021 01:20 AM

Mind Blown! Never would have thought of something like that.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 09-08-2021 01:48 AM

Very cool gift for our cookie elf, Mike!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 09-08-2021 01:57 AM

That is very unique. Love it!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 09-08-2021 02:26 AM

Very clever and well executed…..great job Mike!

Thanks for posting

Bill in MI

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#6 posted 09-08-2021 05:38 AM

That Keebler holder, and the cookies are incredible Mike, Really nice work, and perfect for a guy with a nick of Keebler. So witty.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 09-08-2021 10:03 AM

so clever – well executed

-- 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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#8 posted 09-08-2021 11:12 AM

You nailed it. Cookie coasters, perfect!!!

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

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#9 posted 09-08-2021 11:24 AM

Wow! I go to sleep and wake up to a flurry of activity!

Pottz – Thanks! You did really good your first time out! Hope you’ll stick with us for more swaps!
JD77 – Thank you for your kind words! I just like to have fun with my projects!
Dave – Much appreciated! I did actually use a few hand tools this time. I’ll get there eventually!
Woodbutcher – Thanks for checking out my project. Are Keebler products available over there?
Bill – Good to hear from you!
George – Thank you! Congrats on your first Beer Swap! Thanks for the great beer carrier!
Dick – Stop! You are embarrassing me! Ha ha ha!
Earl – Coming from the Master of Overachievement I am humbled… Wait! That sounded kind of corny… I apologize for not sending you a list of good places to visit in Mackinaw City. There actually are a few great places to get beer!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#10 posted 09-08-2021 11:53 AM

This is just so creative.

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

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#11 posted 09-08-2021 12:09 PM

Very cool…look good enough to eat! And i know a little girl who would try!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 09-08-2021 12:48 PM

Thank you Jeff and Jim!

I had to hide them so my Mama didn’t eat them before I sent them out!


-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#13 posted 09-08-2021 01:08 PM

You never disappoint Mike :-) Your knack for coming up with creative and very personalized gifts for these swaps amazes me. These coasters are flat-out awesome :-) And the holder with the elves’ tree just pushes it over the top. Fantastic work bud!!!

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

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#14 posted 09-08-2021 02:18 PM

Boy you do the coolest stuff!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#15 posted 09-08-2021 03:13 PM

just as ushal Mike comes thru with another wonderful project i love their opps cookies

GREAT JOB :<)))))))

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

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