Beer Swap 2021 Beer Tote

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Project by jeff posted 09-09-2021 04:41 AM 630 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My recipient for the 2021 Beer Swap was JD77. I like to spend most of my time at the lathe but decided on a simple flat work project in making a Beer Tote. The ends are red oak as are the dividers for the beer and the sides are burnt red oak. The handle is walnut. The dowels are a mix of red oak and walnut. It was a fun build along with selecting the beer for my recipient.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#1 posted 09-09-2021 11:02 AM

I have to ask how do you go about making burnt red oak? I’ve seen toasted walnut for sale on Woodcraft (?) but not burnt red oak. I like the look of if.

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

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#2 posted 09-09-2021 11:03 AM

That is a nice tote, looks great. Good workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 09-09-2021 12:33 PM

Awesome work Jeff! We’re mighty glad you decided to join in the swap this year :-) I like how you made the sides taller so it will work for cans and/or bottles. I also like how you used contrasting dowels. That always adds an element of craftsmanship to pinned joints IMO. Great job on the tote and the beers :-) Hope to see you again next summer for the beer swap!

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 09-09-2021 12:37 PM

A handsome tote, Jeff!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 09-09-2021 01:57 PM

real nice tote jeff,i agree about the burnt oak.

-- 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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Bill Berklich

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#6 posted 09-09-2021 02:10 PM

Love the colors and finish and the dowel joints really pop. Nice work

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#7 posted 09-09-2021 03:31 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

EarlS, not sure how burnt red oak is made but thought it would be a nice contrast between the regular red oak. I purchased the burnt red oak at Woodworkers Source here in Tucson.

And Kenny thanks for moderating our Beer Swap :)

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#8 posted 09-09-2021 09:40 PM

That’s a nice looking beer tote. What’s great about it is when it’s out of beer you can put more in it!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 09-09-2021 10:30 PM

Really nice tote Jeff! I would assume that in Tucson, all you would need to get burnt oak is to set it in the sun for a couple of summer days ;-P

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

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#10 posted 09-09-2021 11:38 PM

cant beat a classsic tote GREAT JOB :<)))))) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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#11 posted 09-10-2021 02:20 AM

Jeff, the tote is awesome. It’s been sitting on the counter since it arrived and the wife hasn’t made me put it away yet. That is as close to a thumbs-up from her as you can get.
The burnt oak has a great chatoyance. I’ve burned white oak with a propane torch and gotten good results, but that is only on the surface. This stuff you got seems to be much more deeply and evenly converted. I’m guessing it is roasted in an inert gas oven. The color is rich and very even.
And the beer was outstanding. The Citrazona and the Desert Sage were my favorite and I am not a huge IPA nut like Kenny. Thanks.

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#12 posted 09-10-2021 04:37 AM

JD77 I’m glad you liked everything thanks. A few of my projects find their way to our dining room table and when the wife allows them to stay a while—well lets just say I know what you mean.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#13 posted 09-10-2021 09:00 AM

Really nice looking tote Jeff

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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