Beer swap

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Project by Keebler1 posted 09-10-2021 04:49 PM 566 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just got a 3d printer and wanted to use it for the beer swap. I designed a beer mug and printed it out of walnut colored filament. Then I found a 4” pvc pipe and was barely able to fit the mug into it. The mug is a 4” diameter by 6.25” tall. I thought it was a tight enough fit that I wouldnt have any leaks. I used liquid diamonds and poured a 1/2” base. After that cured I put a smaller pvc pipe in the center so I didn’t have to use so much resin to fill it since I was gonna hollow the mug anyways. I poured the first batch and looked down and had a bunch leaking out. Guess it wasn’t as tight a fit in the pvc pipe as I thought. I quickly put that in the pressure pot on some towels and let it cure. Then I used hot glue on the bottom in case it still had a small leak and finished filling the mug this time using green mica powder instead of the yellow dye. That worked perfectly. Now the problem of hollowing the mug reared its ugly head. After cutting the pvc pipe off the outside of the mug I couldn’t find any jaws that would hold the mug as they were either too big or too small. I wound up screwing a faceplate to the bottom. Then I used a 3” forstner bit to hollow out the mug. I checked the mug for leaks and found a couple of spots that I filled with CA glue. Then I sanded and polished the mug. Tested for leaks after removing the faceplate and found a spot I sanded too much and a couple drips from the screw holes. Filled those with CA and called it good. The second item I sent was a bottle/tab opener. I bought the kit and threaded inserts from Rith Niles. I had some maple laying around so I epoxied the inserts into either end of that. I just got HSS tools and a grinder woth shaprening system. This is the first thing I have ever turned with HSS tools and it came out pretty good. Finished the handle with Mylands friction polish.

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#1 posted 09-10-2021 05:16 PM

Lots of unique applications used to make the beer mug. Using a 3” forstner bit had to be a bit tense. The green epoxy looks like jade or something exotic.

Baby Groot is quite the shop helper / model. I couldn’t quite figure out how the bottle/tab opener works until I checked out the Rith Niles site.

Very creative, 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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#2 posted 09-10-2021 05:16 PM

pretty cool and really unique – the good (or bad ) thing about resin is that it will find any holes for you

-- 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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#3 posted 09-10-2021 05:35 PM

Looks exotic!

Testing for leaks is mandatory, even if you need to chug the test-beer before it all seeps away (then test again just to be sure! 8^)

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#4 posted 09-10-2021 05:42 PM

Keebler, can’t wait to try out the mug-very creative and the Texas emblem is a nice touch. It looks like you put a lot of work into it. I like the length of the bottle opener, its great-Ruth Niles makes some quality items. I finally opened one of your beers last night – the Hefeweizen. I like Hefeweizens and I enjoyed this one. My wife thought the mug was neat-her words and I think it will find a place in the house. Looks like you enjoyed those new HSS tools. I’m looking forward to the rest of your beers.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#5 posted 09-10-2021 05:51 PM

Glad you like it Jeff. I LIKE MOST OF WHAT i get from rollertown.

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#6 posted 09-10-2021 06:12 PM

Awesome work Keebs! That came out really nice :-)

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

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#7 posted 09-10-2021 07:18 PM

real nice work keebs,may have to get a printer someday.

-- 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 09-10-2021 08:43 PM

I will be getting a 3D printer! This is just another example of the kinds of stuff you can do when you “Think Outside the Box”...
Great job Kevin!


-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#9 posted 09-10-2021 08:46 PM

Nice job Keebs, not seen that kind of bottle opener before

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#10 posted 09-10-2021 08:59 PM

The mug came out very well Kevin, still trying to figure out the opener though.

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

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