beer swap 2021

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Project by therealSteveN posted 09-16-2021 05:32 AM 585 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry to the swap folks. I got busy, and then forgot I was supposed to post this thing.

I jumped into a swap finally. I’ve thought about it before, but my shop is a mess, now it’s under heavy reconstruction, reorganization, and rebuild, not the physical structure, just looking to get everything in it to a place I could find it without a 4 hour search. A mess.

I’m also currently on a use the scrap, lay around parts and pieces that are taking up too much room. So for this project, and all of the storage I am making everything is scrap, or old, previously used wood, and sometimes fasteners, and even finishes. I’m backing off that old finishes thing, it got me into trouble here.

I tried to think of things that a beer drinker could use, and some of them were out because I don’t have a lathe, or a CNC. So I tried to think in terms of when do I drink a beer? My answer was when I was out back grilling dinner. I almost always have a beer, so I wondered what would be something I could use while grilling, and also something to do with beer. I searched for images of beer drinking wooden accessories.

I came up with this, and thought it was kinda on track, as it was I needed a few trips to carry all the grilling stuff, and a beer out back. A tote was my answer to one trip.

This was my picture that put me onto it. I had room for condiments, a spatula, and a beer. I usually only have 1 beer a day, on days I do drink at all, Diabetes.

My take ended up something like this. A little short for a good grilling tool/tools, but it was a beer swap, so my guy might prefer an entire 6 pack????

So I made the divider section just friction tight, so it could be pulled out easily, and when in, could hold 6 cans. So it doesn’t even need to be a 6 pack carrier, it could go through life as a small tool tote.

The woods used were a piece of 3/4” Cherry for the floor. The sides came from some resawn 1/2” poplar I had from a project a few years ago. Last was the divider, and the sides which are 1/4” Red Oak I have at least a mile of, from a production run a LONgggggggg time ago. Nightmare inducing stuff there. I looked at a lot of beer carrier pics, and took a shine to the plumbed handle, so I went with that. The whole thing reminded me of the milk carrier our Milkman used to have. A lot of you probably don’t understand that last part. Too young.

So that was the carrier, pretty easy work. The hardest part was beer shopping for someone else. Kenny gave us our people to send to, so I had mikeacg, who made an outstanding project for Keebler. Anyhow I spent as much time beer shopping as I did woodworking, not counting finishing. Remember the old finish, YuuuuuKKKK.

Here they are.

I had tried most of these, and found them to be slightly varied, yet all good. I had 2 new to me, but interesting looking, so I added them too.

I can’t think of anything else to add, probably said too much. Only thing is if you have been thinking of entering one of the swaps, by all means do it. A lot of fun, met some really nice folks, and feel I made a few new friends along the way.

Thanks for looking.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#1 posted 09-16-2021 11:36 AM

I probably should have reminded you to post your project but I’ve been busy as well! Passed my foundation inspection yesterday on the new additions so I might even beat the snow with my rough-ins!
A great selection of beers (I shared all of them but the Oatmeal Stout!) and the fit/finish on the tote was amazing! It will see heavy use on the barbecue scene now that I know I can pull the dividers out of it! The pipe handle is a great idea as my hands tend to get a bit messy while grilling – easy to clean and the texture helps you hang on to it…
Now that you have successfully completed your first swap, I hope you continue to join in the fun for other swaps!


-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 09-16-2021 12:23 PM

Nice! You’ll probably want to tag it, too.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 09-16-2021 12:27 PM

great use of scrap pieces and parts and it looks like a nice assortment of beers.

-- 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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#4 posted 09-16-2021 02:03 PM

never too late late glad you got it posted.we had a lot of fun with that swap.

-- 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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#5 posted 09-16-2021 04:03 PM

Nice! You’ll probably want to tag it, too.

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks Dave, forgot to do that.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 09-16-2021 06:13 PM

Mike, Dave, Dick, Larry. Thanks for the kind words.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 09-16-2021 06:58 PM

Love it!!!

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

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#8 posted 09-16-2021 07:03 PM

Thanks Gunny.

-- Think safe, be safe

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James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 09-17-2021 04:21 PM

I thought I would never see a new twist on a beer tote but you provided it. Love your handle. Will try to incorporate it in one of my future projects.

-- James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 09-17-2021 11:38 PM

Thanks James.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 09-20-2021 04:02 PM

Very well thought out and executed SteveN. Makes a dang nice tote :-) Looking forward to seeing you in more swaps!

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

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