Air Force "Stein Rack"

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Project by Lee Hartwig posted 09-09-2013 01:43 PM 1302 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wall-mounted stein rack that was custom made for a Chief that was leaving my unit. The stein rack is built from 3/4” walnut and maple. I made the Hap Arnold Army Air Corps wings from 1/2” maple and hand sanded each piece. Coins are from 308/309/310th Aircraft Maintenance Units as well as the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron coin. The glass steins are each etched with a unit/squadron patch, and hang on cast iron metal hooks. The spacer blocks help the steins “hang right” and I made them from walnut scraps (about 1” thick). At the bottom, there is a cast iron bottle opener. The back has two metal eyelets that are screwed in, and a hole can be drilled at the bottle opener for extra mounting support if needed.

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#1 posted 09-09-2013 02:07 PM

Nice job!

When you mount it on the wall, make sure the bottom sticks out farther than the top. That way the mugs can’t “work themselves loose” with doors closing, etc…..

Thanks for sharing this and thanks for your service!


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#2 posted 09-09-2013 04:50 PM

Nicely done and a lot better than just putting them on the top of a cabinet like I’ve done with my stein collection. Thank you for your service in our Air Force!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 03:39 AM

Nice project fellow Airman. 190Th ARW Security Forces here.

-- Keep Cuttin!

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 09:37 AM

Well done. I’ll be over soon… LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 09-21-2013 04:48 PM

Thanks everyone for your feedback. @ KnotCurser: It’s hard to tell, but the cast iron hooks actually do a decent job. The walnut spacers make the mugs hang neutral so gravity can do it’s thing. It looks like I will be building another one for a Captain soon… I’m thinking similar but not exactly alike. I’ll post it when it’s done.

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