|Project by 7Footer||posted 06-12-2013 05:03 PM||10893 views||42 times favorited||17 comments|
I actually finished these Sunday the 2nd but my wife and I were leaving the next day to Mexico for a week so I waited to post them. I think its the first time I’ve ever finished a project early! I am going to give one of them to my Dad for Father’s Day and maybe keep the other one for myself, but not sure yet. Every Sunday one of the local breweries fills Growlers for $5 so naturally my Pops heads down there to top them off!
The idea for these stemmed from the six-pack carriers I’ve seen on here on LJ’s. I plan on making a couple of those next, 22 oz. six pack carriers though.
They are made with poplar and finished with 4 coats of semi-gloss spray lacquer. I was going to put Danish on first but I just loved how the the green in the wood lit up after I tested a small piece with lacquer, and since its beer related and hops are green I just went with it.
This was the first time I’ve tried using dowels to join the wood. I used 1/4” oak dowels to hold the handles on. There are a few nails on the bottom just for some extra strength when those growlers are full, but thats it, everything else is just glued.
I made two of these just in case I screwed one up! The whole thing with transferring the hops logo and putting my Dad’s initials on one was a bit of a chore though, I’m not getting super clean and dark enough transfers and its causing me to have to touch them up a little bit which is pain in the A. I used lacquer thinner but next time I am going to try acetone and see if its better but I also feel like it depends on the type of wood. I have tried 2 different printers as well to see if maybe one had a lower quality toner or something but I can’t really see any difference. Regardless I am happy to have my Father’s Day present all done and not trying to rush to finish it this week. Thanks for looking!