LJs 2017 Beer Tote Swap

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Project by builtinbkyn posted 08-28-2017 07:42 PM 987 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have to say, I had a lot of fun participating in this swap. We got to discuss local brews and make something for a fellow LJ to carry them around in. Not everyone drinks alcoholic beverages, much less beer, so that wasn’t really the focus, but it did make it fun discussing the local offerings and what others liked and disliked about certain style beers. We also shared some tasting impressions along the way ;)

I tossed around a few ideas on how I wanted to address this particular swap, but in the end, I chose to make a somewhat traditional tote with a little twist – the tote I made is insulated. I used mostly cut-offs from other projects. It was nice to put them to a good use. The woods used are poplar, soft maple, bubinga, sepele, walnut and a little ebony. Some brass pins secure the bottom. Everything is finished with clear shellac and General Finishes Gel Topcoat. I also turned an opener made from the same woods used for the tote. It’s finished in the same manner as the tote.

I have to say, the most work and the toughest part to execute was the insulation. I knew that closed cell insulation would be best, but wasn’t exactly sure how I would go about forming nice round cells. In the end I used a piece of PVC of suitable diameter (2” i.d.) and then sharpened the edge to use as a cutter. I needed to cut 6 layers of 3/4” material to achieve the proper height for the cells to hold the bottles/cans, plus one layer to insulate the bottom.

Another fun adventure in an LJ swap ;)

Had to steal on of Dave’s pics with the brews in the tote as I forgot to take a pic like this ;)

Oh and here’s my PVC cutter :)

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

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#1 posted 08-28-2017 07:45 PM

Very creative and it came out stunning!

-- 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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#2 posted 08-28-2017 07:48 PM

Too cool for beer. Great attention to detail. Nice job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 08-28-2017 07:55 PM

Thanks Gary and Tyve.

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

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#4 posted 08-28-2017 07:59 PM

Excellent. Top three coming your way for sure. Whoever got this is one lucky son of a…..wait….I got this! Yep, it’s awesome.

Thank you again Bill. I really dig this and have enjoyed the beers so far for sure! Craftsmanship is top notch as usual too. A very beautiful piece.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#5 posted 08-28-2017 07:59 PM

Wonderful as usual Bill! Lovely laminations and the insulation is really the “extra mile”

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

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#6 posted 08-28-2017 08:48 PM

Now this one is creative! Excellent job and insulated.

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

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#7 posted 08-29-2017 12:40 AM

Nice look with the various woods. Handy tote!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#8 posted 08-29-2017 03:06 AM

Insulation is a great idea!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 08-29-2017 04:50 AM

Realy cool looking beer holder. The handle is realy great and side pattern.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 08-29-2017 08:02 AM

Excellent beer tote, Bill! I like the insulation, and the tool you made to cut it.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#11 posted 08-29-2017 11:07 AM

Yeah, the PVC cutter was pretty darned clever!

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

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#12 posted 08-29-2017 11:30 AM

Very nice.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#13 posted 08-29-2017 01:31 PM

Thanks everyone for the complements.

Kenny I tried a beer can but it didn’t stay round while trying to turn it thru the insulation. I probably needed a food can with heavier wall structure, but had that piece of PVC on hand in the shop and gave it a try. Worked really well too. It was pretty darn sharp and since it was 24” long it provided better turning ability and the added weight of the pipe itself helped it penetrate without me having to apply too much pressure, crushing the material and causing a conical opening. The walls of the cut were much straighter. The cutter needs to be spinning as concentrically as possible for a clean cut.

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

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#14 posted 08-29-2017 01:49 PM

You did a wonderful job on this tote. It’s a real eye catcher.

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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#15 posted 08-29-2017 02:37 PM

Like your design and adding the insulation .
Looks great !


-- Kiefer

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