beer box and sign for outgoing Commander - "dogfish head" ale

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Project by lawrence posted 09-25-2012 06:20 AM 16815 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a gift I’ve made for my outgoing Commander that will be from the enlisted men and women of my Squadron. It is red oak with a shellac finish and the black is marsh spray ink. The construction is simple butt joints that have been glued and pinned. The carvings were done on my Carvewright and the handle was made with a forstner bit and my scroll saw (connect the holes) The beer is his favorite….

Thanks as always for your comments – I appreciate your constructive critiques.

As an addition… I know that just about any other type of joinery beats butt joints, but for very thin (3/8) wood like this, I’ve found pin nails and glue to be more than adequate for showpieces that sit on shelves and it definitely kept the construction time down (the whole project including finish took place during the Monday night football game)

Thanks again,


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#1 posted 09-25-2012 08:51 AM

I give you triple points for having good taste.
Slip a bottle of the 120 IPA in there.
Nicely done.
In my world, it would see some use. Not just sit on a shelf.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#2 posted 09-25-2012 11:49 AM

I like it a lot … I’ve done some stuff like this with a router but its just not the same as a CNC.

I want to buy a Carvewright. But I hear sooo many bad things about them.

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#3 posted 09-25-2012 12:12 PM

Amen. Terrific taste in beer! Very cool project; well done!

-- jay,

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#4 posted 09-25-2012 01:15 PM

Great job, he will love it.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#5 posted 09-25-2012 06:53 PM


-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 09-25-2012 08:14 PM

Very nice. I’m sure that he appreciates those.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 09-25-2012 11:57 PM

This is what I ended up doing with the bottles- I sand blasted them to create this etching.
Thanks for all the kind words guys-

Zinderin, the newer model of the Carvewright is MUCH MUCH more reliable than the old model was and most of the bugs have been worked out. I really do love mine. There simply isn’t anything even close capability-wise for the price. (no, I’m not a CW rep, I just am an owner who really loves his)

Thanks again all, and thanks for helping me make the top 3!


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#8 posted 09-26-2012 02:13 AM


And plus 1 to John with the 120min IPA!!

Dogfish is my brew of choice and I would definitely use one without the “Commanders” stuff on there.
“off centered chiefs”
“for an off centered chiefs mess”

Hit me up with a price, cause this is priceless!

Thx Jimmy

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#9 posted 09-26-2012 02:29 AM

That is way too cool and very nice:) I have to make a Guinness box. I also love that u use shellac. It is red oak’s best friend.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#10 posted 09-29-2012 11:17 AM

Very nice project and a good way to display great beer.

-- J. L. , Kinsman, Ohio

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