Accidental Seahorse Beer Stein

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Project by bobasaurus posted 04-30-2015 06:17 AM 1543 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this beer stein for a friend’s farewell gift. The body is honduran mahogany and walnut (both heartwood and sapwood), the top is cherry, and the handle is walnut and cottonwood. The carved “rope” was done with a file jig and the indexing pin on my lathe. My father found a nice glass bead to decorate the top, attached with a threaded/peened brass rod. Finished with several coats of Waterlox original, which is waterproof, alcohol resistant, and food safe when fully dry (takes a month or two, though).

I think the handle kind of looks like a cartoon seahorse, though it was unintentional.

Had a major screw-up while turning the body:

I managed to find most of the missing chunk and glue it back together, but it nearly gave me a heart attack. I hid some parts of the fix with the handle later.

Here is a full build album:

-- Allen, Colorado

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#1 posted 04-30-2015 12:33 PM

Very nice, thanks for all the photos!

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#2 posted 04-30-2015 12:40 PM

I realy like the wood-hinged lid. Nicely done.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#3 posted 04-30-2015 12:50 PM

I would put my beer in there anytime. Really cool. I believe the handle compliments the the whole project.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 04-30-2015 02:56 PM

Great work. I like this project.

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#5 posted 04-30-2015 04:03 PM

Very cool. How’s the beer taste. :)

-- Mark

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#6 posted 04-30-2015 04:09 PM

Guess I don’t see the sea horse, but no matter that is a great looking beer mug. It really has a lot going on.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 04-30-2015 04:27 PM

That is an amazing mug. Nicely Done. I really like the handle and lid.
Thanks for sharing.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#8 posted 04-30-2015 04:42 PM

Hah, some people I’ve shown it to don’t see the seahorse either… I guess I’m crazy or it’s some kind of ink blot test :) . Thanks for the comments, someday I’ll make more of these to have one for myself.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#9 posted 04-30-2015 07:07 PM

I see a Land Before Time Teradactyl head on the handle top. Nice save on the body and if you hadn’t have shown it, no one would ever have known.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#10 posted 04-30-2015 08:02 PM

That is a beautiful thing but that sure must have been a little nerve racking to have that piece break off.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 04-30-2015 09:17 PM

Really nice job there Bob

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 05-01-2015 06:13 AM

A lot of great details going on here, Allen! It all works together. I think the ‘rope’ is my favorite part. Great save on the blow out section. In your glue up, were all the glue surfaces face grain? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 05-01-2015 11:58 PM

I just love it. Great way to recover!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A true woodworker….............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Rick M

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#14 posted 05-03-2015 05:30 AM

Great looking stein.


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