2021 Beer Swap Koozies

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Project by JD77 posted 09-08-2021 02:28 AM 574 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the 2021 Beer Swap I put together a pair of can koozies. I started by asking the group which wood to start with and then I went and did what I wanted anyway. I selected some spalted dogwood with walnut and padauk for accents.

I cut up the dogwood stock into a trapezoid with 30 degree bevels, maybe 1.5 inches wide on the long side, about 16 inches long. I also ripped a thin strip of the 4/4 padauk. I glued up the trapezoids with a padauk spacer into several half circles using the masking-tape trick, then flattened the mating faces and glued up the full circle blanks.

After drying for several days, I chucked the blanks in the lathe and roughed out the cylinder. I added a tenon to one end of each and made a matching mortise groove in the walnut end caps which I had already drilled out.

After gluing one end cap on, I flipped the blank and repeated for the other end so that I had a hollow cylindrical turning blank with holes on either end.

You can see how I chucked the inner diameter rather than the outer by this point in the process. I got the outside to a shape I liked and sanded it for finish. I did epoxy fill a few cracks as well. Then I used a china pencil on the bottom of a can to show me the high spots while I was turning out the inside. Its by no mean very flat or smooth, but it is relatively tight and can hold some full cans upside-down. I was surprised at how much difference I found in can diameter, so this usually won’t work.

After I got the inside close, I sanded as far as my fingers could reach and figured my recipient couldn’t reach any further either, and then I slapped on a couple coats of Minwax Tung oil.

Cheers to Kenny and crew for another fun swap. Any ideas for the 2022 beer swap item?


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#1 posted 09-08-2021 05:41 AM

JD great work on the multi species Koozies. Nice job.

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

That is quite a process and they turned out great. I haven’t seen spalted dogwood before.

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

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#3 posted 09-08-2021 11:29 AM

That spalted dogwood is phenomenal! Great job of showing us how you created these beautiful coozies!


-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#4 posted 09-08-2021 11:47 AM

This is amazing. I really like the wood and thanks for showing the process. I have to try this.

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

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#5 posted 09-08-2021 12:25 PM

Nice write up and pics on your beer koozies. The wood choices are wonderful.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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

Awesome work JD. I like these koozies a lot very unique and very well executed. Thanks for joining again!

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

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#7 posted 09-08-2021 01:35 PM

real nice coozies jd gotta put those on the long to do list,might push it closer to the top though.

-- 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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#8 posted 09-08-2021 01:37 PM

Very cool, JD! Pretty wood, and a methodical approach.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 09-08-2021 02:02 PM

Sweet – and a good tutorial on how to make one. I thought about it but my turning skills are a bit weak. Maybe I’ll give it a shot.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#10 posted 09-08-2021 03:14 PM

I just love these beautiful coozies GREAT JOB :<)))

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

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#11 posted 09-08-2021 03:38 PM

That is a really interesting way to make a koozie. They look much nicer than the one I made for the first beer swap.

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

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#12 posted 09-08-2021 07:44 PM

Nice koozies JD, that dogwood looks stunning

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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

Thanks all, That dogwood came from a bug-eaten tree I took down for my in-laws. I had to cut it into lengths I could fit in an oven to kill off any remaining bugs so I tend to use it on smaller projects, lots of turnings. Jeff, the wax pencil on the can definitely made it much easier to get a good fit. Previous attempts have proven…frustrating without it. Dave, I’m not sure how methodical it was. On most projects I usually start in a general direction, stop about half-way, take a good look around to see where I have gotten to, and then come up with a plan. Bill, I’m mostly a carbide turner, still struggling to keep my steel tools sharp enough. The insides of these were definitely pushing the limits of my setup but you can do it.

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#14 posted 09-09-2021 06:14 PM

Those turned out really nice.

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