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Project by KelleyCrafts posted 08-29-2017 04:33 AM 732 views 3 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my entry for the first ever LJs beer swap I made this for DuckMilk. It’s a first for me in making a mug/stein as well. It was a fun project but definitely a learning curve and have learned a lot of “what not to do” if I ever make another.

To start, all the beers are Arizona brewed. I was going to do more from my city and cities close by but decided to make it a whole AZ selection. So the beers span from all the way up north to the Grand Canyon down south to Tucson. A very large range across the state. Picking the beers was just as much fun as building the project.

From there I took a log of eucalyptus, split it in quarters and turned one quarter into the stein. It was crucial for me to make the lid consistent with the rest of the mug so it had a flow to it.



Then I ended up making the handle out of acacia….twice. I didn’t like the shape of the first one and just couldn’t get it off my mind. It probably would have been fine but you know how it goes. From there it was a matter of shaping the hinge to where the lid goes back far enough to shove a face up to the lip of the mug.

If I were to do it again, the top part would be larger giving more room for a face and less swing for the hinge and lever.

For the inside I used epoxy and orange glitter. The orange glitter was used as a running joke from a couple swaps ago, or last swap or something. I can’t remember when it started. Plus sending a stein to a tough old cowboy in Texas filled with orange glitter just makes me giggle a little.

For the bottle opener again I used Arizona wood. A different type of eucalyptus, blue gum eucalyptus and citrus. The Arizona quarter was used because the wood and the whole package was from Arizona so it was fitting.

Overall, it was a blast, the conversations and goofing off on the thread was always good fun and the guys were all awesome. Fantastic projects throughout.





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majuvla

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#1 posted 08-29-2017 04:46 AM

Awesome cup -bottoms up. I like the removable lid.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Mark Kornell

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#2 posted 08-29-2017 06:24 AM

Mmmm, beer

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 08-29-2017 07:53 AM

Darned nice work there, Dave. Handles on steins are tough to get just right, I think.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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HokieKen

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#4 posted 08-29-2017 09:05 AM

This is awesome Dave. Love everything about the stein, including the orange glitter;-) The Eucalyptus and Acacia compliment well and are beautiful! Love the final shape and how the mug flows into the lid and the lid into the hinge.

Nice work on the bottle opened too. The quarter was a great idea! Another AZ themed swap package well done!

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

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jeffswildwood

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#5 posted 08-29-2017 11:36 AM

Dave, your turning skills are awesome. Seeing where you started at on this mug, I can’t even imagine doing this. The wood is beautiful. Using the quarter for the opener is another great idea! Great job!

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

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JoeinDE

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#6 posted 08-29-2017 01:05 PM

I love the stein. Those are the biggest sellers on my etsy shop, but I usually don’t have time or energy to put a hinged lid on mine.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JMsWoodCreations

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KelleyCrafts

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#7 posted 08-29-2017 01:19 PM

Thanks everyone!

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#8 posted 08-29-2017 03:12 PM



Mmmm, beer

- Mark Kornell


It would have been nice to have you in Mark, Canadian beer!

-- 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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#9 posted 08-29-2017 03:15 PM


Mmmm, beer

- Mark Kornell

It would have been nice to have you in Mark, Canadian beer!

- jeffswildwood

Yeah but shipping across the border may be more trouble than a sixer is worth… Of course, we could do a future beer swap… sans beer. Just do totes/mugs/openers/whatever and swap those. Then we might get more participation from non-drinkers too. We’ll have to toss that idea around for next summer.

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

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sras

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#10 posted 08-29-2017 03:28 PM

Nice!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 08-29-2017 03:29 PM

I think we need a photo of the glitter cowboy enjoying a frosty beverage to complete this project.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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HokieKen

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#12 posted 08-29-2017 03:29 PM

I forgot to do this in my project so I’ll do it here since your opener is a better example anyway…

Dave and I both based our opener designs on this one from the WWGOA. Just want to give credit where it’s due!

Pretty simple build, highly customizable and great gift idea!

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

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KelleyCrafts

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#13 posted 08-29-2017 03:30 PM

Thanks Kenny. I meant to do that as well but then I would have had to dig through the endless email string that link was in and…...I was already tired just thinking about it.

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doubleG469

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#14 posted 08-29-2017 03:31 PM

This turned (pun) out really well, it makes me want a lathe even more than i did before.

-- 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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KelleyCrafts

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#15 posted 08-29-2017 03:32 PM



I think we need a photo of the glitter cowboy enjoying a frosty beverage to complete this project.

- Dave Polaschek

I think we should call him the glitter cowboy from here on out. In fact, if we all agree to it, I’ll retire the glitter. Sound good?

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