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2017 beer swap, my entry

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 08-28-2017 08:43 PM 873 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my entry in the first ever 2017 beer swap for Hokieken. It’s a beer tote made from gummy cherry and walnut. I think a very nice combination. The tote went through many design changes during the build but I went with this. All parts are attached with dowels. In all I used thirty of them, just to make sure it lasts a long time. In my teaser I said I needed to cut 24 more parts, that was the pins! The bottom is made from silver maple that fell in my yard over a year ago. It’s the first time I used it in a project. The silver maple is special to me as every cat I have had has proved he is a big cat by climbing that tree. The dividers are poplar, a gift from where I get a lot of lumber, and the first time I tried resawing. I’ve had them waiting for over a year for a project.

The mallet is made into an opener. When my Son was taking pictures I told him about Ken’s battle hammer and he said “so Dad, this is his bottle hammer”. He named it. It too is made from walnut and gummy cherry.

I knew Ken likes IPA so during a visit to Tennessee, I selected the beer. I knew any I found around here, he may have already tried.

I had the pleasure of delivering the beer and swap items to his house. It was a great afternoon and I really enjoyed it. It’s nice to meet in person a wood worker you meet in here. I brought several more bonus items but I won’t go into all the details. With no shipping you can really pack a box! I’m glad he liked all the items I brought.

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





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builtinbkyn

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#1 posted 08-28-2017 08:51 PM

Nice work Jeff. Love the tote and especially the Thor opener ;)

And yeah, though the swap subject was my idea, it really did feel like it was a swap for Kenny lol He seemed to have a blast with it. It was a fun swap indeed.

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

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KelleyCrafts

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#2 posted 08-28-2017 08:53 PM

Excellent and I absolutely love the mallet. Unless it takes over the Thor mallet in Kenny’s shop. Well done. Good combos for sure. All that cherry you’ve been playing with is awesome. That walnut has a little splash to it too. Definitely pretty woods. A project to be proud of for sure.

Now I suggest you look into the green mold problem you have all over the place there Jeff. Can’t be healthy! ;)

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

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jeffswildwood

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#3 posted 08-28-2017 08:56 PM


Excellent and I absolutely love the mallet. Unless it takes over the Thor mallet in Kenny s shop. Well done. Good combos for sure. All that cherry you ve been playing with is awesome. That walnut has a little splash to it too. Definitely pretty woods. A project to be proud of for sure.

Now I suggest you look into the green mold problem you have all over the place there Jeff. Can t be healthy! ;)

- ki7hy


LOL, that’s moss. Pictures were taken on the mountain behind my house. Lots of moss, rocks and all kinds of strange vegetation! (Not to mention plenty of stumps) :-) I did have a lot of that cherry but the pile is going down hill now. It too was all a gift from my nephew, formally barn wood.

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

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ralbuck

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#4 posted 08-28-2017 10:47 PM

Nice work.

Neat design

Probably a good beer too

The Pacific Northwest has immense numbers of good IPA beer too!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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jeffswildwood

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#5 posted 08-28-2017 10:52 PM

Thanks buddy. This was a fun swap!

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

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HokieKen

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#6 posted 08-28-2017 11:43 PM

Well I can say first hand that this is all top-notch stuff! I have tried all but 3 of the beers Jeff bought me and I have definitely used my “bottle mallet” to open them all :-). The selection of IPAs has been awesome! The tote is nothing short of gorgeous! I appreciate you sharing all that beautiful wood with me buddy!

I’m actually working on one of the beers now. I’ll have it posted in the swap thread momentarily;-P

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

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woodcox

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

Haha! Awsome idea. Nice figure in that tote, Jeff.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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doubleDD

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

I like the tote and the mallet opener is over the top. I like your line of thinking Jeff. Gotta love it. Cool idea for you guys to meet up to exchange the totes. Talking shop with another woodworker is time well spent.

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

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jeffswildwood

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#9 posted 08-29-2017 12:20 AM

Thanks guys, I have really enjoyed that cherry wood. Dave it was great to meet up like that.

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

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#10 posted 08-29-2017 01:03 AM

I love the name “bottle hammer”, very classy :)

Nice work on the swap Jeff. Beautiful stuff you made!
Glad you and Kenny got to finally meet.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#11 posted 08-29-2017 01:26 AM

Great work, Jeff. And crazy doweling! I like it!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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jeffswildwood

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#12 posted 08-29-2017 01:30 AM

Thanks Dave and Duck. Duck it was great to meet up, Dave, at first I didn’t know about the doweling, but as it progressed, I liked it!

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 08-29-2017 01:34 AM

Yep. I think part of what makes all the dowels work is that they are kinda over-the-top.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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sras

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#14 posted 08-29-2017 03:04 AM

The mallet opener is a great idea!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 08-29-2017 03:57 AM

Indeed pretty cool combination and professionaly looking photos. I like the opening hammer too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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