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Project by HokieKen posted 08-28-2017 04:04 PM 811 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We are just wrapping up the first-ever LumberJocks Beer Swap. In this swap, I was the moderator so I cheated and gave my name to jeffswildwood and I took his name. Jeff and I live fairly close to one another and have wanted to meet before. So we decided to take this swap as our opportunity. We had a great time hanging out and swapping gifts on a Saturday afternoon at my house :-)

We also had a great time in the swap! The rules for the swap were simple: send a six-pack of craft beer and some kind of “holder” that you made from wood to go with them. It was just for fun but as always, LumberJocks are a creative bunch and so far, the reveals have really shown some creative stuff!

So for my project, I decided to make a mug. I know a lot of us probably like to have a beer while we’re working in our shop. But, sawdust ain’t so good in beer. So my mug evolved into a Stein. I took a Walnut log I’ve had drying on my patio for a little over a year and roughed it out and let it sit for about a week to make sure it was dry enough. Then I turned it to final shape and bored and shaped the inside with my carbide tools from ki7hy in the last swap.

I laminated some Walnut and Cherry and cut a handle out on the bandsaw. Then I worked it with sandpaper and rasps to get the ends to conform to the mug. Next, I turned the lid from a chunk of Cherry and epoxied a VA quarter inset in the lid since Jeff and I are both VA boys.

Finally, I made the hinge and pinned it to the handle which turned out to be one of the hardest parts of the build. But eventually and on my third try, I got one that worked right and that I think looked good. The handle is held on with epoxy and the lid is attached to the hinge with epoxy as well.

The inside of the mug is coated with a FDA approved food-safe epoxy so the mug is fully waterproof and can be used. It’s not just decorative. The epoxy coating was a bit of a learning curve for me and I ended up with some scarring in spots but all in all, I was happy with it. The exterior of the mug is finished with a couple of coats of BLO and a few coats of wipe-on poly.

I also wanted to make a bottle opener for Jeff as a bonus item. I wanted one that I built from scratch, no kits and that would remove a cap without creasing it. Some guys like to collect them and make bar tops with them. So after Googling, I came up with a combination of designs that was, at least somewhat, unique :-) It works well and has a magnet to hold the cap until you remove it. I ended up liking it so much that I made myself one. Of course then Jeff gave me a bottle opener that was even cooler!

The last picture is the selection of local craft brews I chose for Jeff. He likes dark beers so I tried to stick to that theme. I hope he enjoys them as much as I’ve been enjoying the ones he brought me!

Thanks again to Jeff for making the drive to hang out and for all the cool stuff he brought me! And thanks to everyone who participated in the swap. I’ve had a blast “hanging out” with all those guys and sharing beers and seeing what everyone made!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!





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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 08-28-2017 04:30 PM

Nice write-up, Kenny! Glad someone made a mug for this swap, and the food-safe epoxy was what I figured was the best way to make it usable – glad to have someone else confirm that thinking.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 08-28-2017 04:33 PM

Nice work.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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HokieKen

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#3 posted 08-28-2017 04:44 PM



Nice write-up, Kenny! Glad someone made a mug for this swap, and the food-safe epoxy was what I figured was the best way to make it usable – glad to have someone else confirm that thinking.

- Dave Polaschek

Yeah, it took me quite some time to find a coating that was food-safe for sure and was sold in smaller quantities. I ended up getting this Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast. It’s food safe and good for temps up to 140 deg. F (IIRC). So it wouldn’t work for coffee and it’s not dishwasher safe. But it was perfect for my application. Truth is, I think most any modern epoxy is really food-safe once it’s cured. Apparently the cost for the FDA approval process keeps most makers from getting them certified though. Since I was giving this one away and not using it myself, I figured I better get one that was actually certified :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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jeffswildwood

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#4 posted 08-28-2017 05:26 PM

Ken, what can I say that I haven’t already said! This was a wonderful swap item set to get. And the mug IS usable! (It’s been tested). The quarter (Virginia) was the icing on the cake. From one Virginian to another, perfect. Thanks for all and for sponsoring this swap. I had a blast and am sure everybody else did too!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 08-28-2017 05:32 PM

EXCELLENT!!! Top three….should already be a top three by now!

I think the epoxy is fine. I read the same thing with the FDA label being cost prohibitive for most companies. I buy some USA made stuff and use it for fillers often. I sometimes sniff it and eat it and I turned out fine, well the twitch isn’t proven to be from the epoxy.

Great job! Neither one of you bozos posted a pick of the top of the mug. That’s a cool touch that should be on here. I do have to say, the VA quarter idea was pure genius. Like, smartest idea ever in history type pf genius!

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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HokieKen

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#6 posted 08-28-2017 05:39 PM

LOL, you know what’s funny Dave. I didn’t get a picture of the quarter that’s close up enough to see the detail! The only one I have is one I took for a teaser and I flipped the quarter over in that one :-( Maybe Jeff will find a chance to post a pic showing the detail on the quarter…

Jeff – thanks for making the drive buddy. I had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and am still enjoying the beer and all the other goodies you brought me!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 08-28-2017 05:40 PM



... I do have to say, the VA quarter idea was pure genius. Like, smartest idea ever in history type pf genius!

- ki7hy

I agree ;-P

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 08-28-2017 05:42 PM

I use the Max Clear Grade epoxy – it’s got a nice long work-time which keeps me from gluing things I don’t mean to glue, and I usually manage to get all the pieces-parts together straight. Plus it flows nicely as a finish. I haven’t had any problem with bubbles and haven’t had to torch it to pop them. The only time I had a problem with it curing was when I put it over some BLO without a couple layers of shellac in between.

At this point, that’s my go-to epoxy, and it’s FDA rated so that’s a bonus. Better save than twitchy like Dave. ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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HokieKen

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#9 posted 08-28-2017 05:53 PM

Yeah, I looked at that too Dave. I just wanted something I could buy in a much smaller amount. I’d probably never use that much before it went bad. Even the 16 oz I bought is probably enough to do 3 or 4 mugs at least.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 08-28-2017 06:11 PM

Yeah, I thought about that. Then I figured that I’d just have to find more uses for clear epoxy so it doesn’t go bad. More projects!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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KelleyCrafts

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#11 posted 08-28-2017 06:20 PM

I use clear epoxy constantly to fill wood with stuff. How do you think I stuck all the orange glitter on my swap project…and yes, my recipient hasn’t posted yet but there is orange glitter to be had. Lots of it! Nothing feels better than sending a tough Texas cowboy a project full of orange glitter. I think I slept better for two nights after that.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#12 posted 08-28-2017 07:25 PM

Here you go Ken, not the best pic but I don’t have the best camera. I’ll talk to my Son about a better one.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 08-28-2017 07:27 PM

Thanks Jeff!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 08-28-2017 07:43 PM

Your craftsmanship is awesome, great entry in the swap. (as reparations for my kind words I will pm you my address for my stein, ;-) )

edit: that way i can learn the joy of drinking good beer from a glass.

-- Gary, Texas "That’s just my $.02 and I have no personal experience so take it with a grain of salt ;-P, HokieKen"

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builtinbkyn

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#15 posted 08-28-2017 08:11 PM

Nice way to think outside the box there Kenny (Yeah there’s a pun there too) Oh and that isn’t just a “mug”. It’’s a stein and a nice one at that! ;)

Looks like you and Jeff were able to get together and have some fun with wood and beer!

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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