I just recently finished this project for my son’s 25th birthday. I posted the project so I thought I would post the in-process pictures as well. The next few blog entries will have the pictures and not so much text. While I would like to go through step by step, I’ll run out of steam trying to do that.
It is a beer tote made from padauk (you’ll notice there is nearly always padauk in my projects), maple,cedar,oak and a piece of live-edge maple.
I wanted to find some way to really make this unique, so I thought I would create a beer label. I had the idea to search and see if there is or was a beer named ‘Cook’ and was lucky to find that there was once a Cook’s Ale that is no longer produced. I took the label from found photos and converted it to an image I could laser burn onto the sideboards.
Beyond that it has a beer opener I picked up from Amazon. I made a cap catcher that can double as a phone holder.
I started in sketchup to get some rough dimensions. You are welcome to this sketchup file, but it is NOT a plan. It is simply a way fro me to rough-out what I’ll need to do in the shop. I doubt my final project has any of these exact dimensions.
and here with the wood I use most. The deep red padauk
You see it here sitting next to a GRR-Ripper. I’ll take a minute to say how much I love the GRR-Ripper. I know many people make they’re own, but you should consider one of these. At IWF 2012 I met the family that invented, makes and sells these. It is an American made product and they work they’re tails off to do it right. If you can afford the $79 price, you’ll never regret it. (http://microjig.com) I have no afiliation with them b the way. Just a good product.
-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""