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Growler tote - need input from beer drinkers

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Project by Sandra posted 10-05-2013 09:11 PM 2091 views 6 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With Christmas around the corner, I would like to make some growler totes for my husband and some of his friends.
This is my ‘prototype’. I used scraps so that I could modify as needed until I was happy with the dimensions.
The ends, handle and bottom are 1/2” birch plywood. The slats are leftover pieces of birch.

I’m happy with the dimensions now, but I think I’d rather have three wider slats on the sides instead of the the four thin ones. I’d also like the curve of the handle to match the cut out or vice versa.

I originally thought of box joints or something similar, but then went with simple instead, using my pin nailer and glue.

I also am on the fence as to whether I should use any type of finish or not.
For those of you who drink beer – would you be seen carrying this??

Your input would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Sandra

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.





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theoldfart

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#1 posted 10-05-2013 09:20 PM

Sandra, looks useful ;) Maybe BLO or Danish oil.

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Richard

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#2 posted 10-05-2013 09:37 PM

Hello, I have always thought simpler is better, I usually just spray one coat of shallaq on it and keep it real simple. Sometimes I make a 6 pack out of wood and include a space for small packages of pretzels, almonds and peanuts. I tell the recipients of my presents to either keep it, or regift and dress it up to the person they are giving it to.

For example, I made a beer tote, with the peanuts, prezels and almonds. The guy liked it, and he drank the beer and ate the snacks and regifted the tote to one of his golfing buddies by filling it up with golf balls, golf tees, and gloves. So I think you cant go wrong building these small carriers of beer, or whatever.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#3 posted 10-05-2013 10:08 PM

Sandra that is a great gift, I would hang it on the back of my w/chair
In fact that would be handy. 11pm here, I think I may just go into the
shop for a play. :) The advantages of having the shop inside the house.

It would be a great idea to suggest the recipient sign it and pass it on?
If it had four sections Shirley would use it for the new pups.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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patron

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#4 posted 10-05-2013 10:47 PM

sweet sandra

not only beer drinkers
but as a lady tote
in the garden
or on a vanity to hold stuff

or odds and ends
on a table by the front door

small changes for different uses

i think you got a winner

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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prattman

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#5 posted 10-05-2013 11:06 PM

I would be happy to be seen with that tote full of beer !!!!

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 10-05-2013 11:49 PM

Nice one, Sandra. I agree with curving the top of the handle. Have you considered drilling, with a 1 1/2”-2” Forstner, four overlapping holes for fingers?
You could make one middle slat to replace the two. Might thin them down a bit.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 10-06-2013 12:07 AM

I would use a finish if for no other reason than it will be getting wet (probably). Just to protect it. Looks like a good idea to me. Well done.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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eddie

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#8 posted 10-06-2013 12:13 AM

74 that looks great . would put something on it to bring out the wood grain ,and a semi gloss

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 10-06-2013 12:21 AM

I know these are really the IN thing but I don’t get it. How do you keep em cold?

No disrespect to your tote Sandra, I just would probably carry something other than my Coronas in it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Sandra

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#10 posted 10-06-2013 01:18 AM

No disrespect taken. The growlers get filled up once a week in town. Then they go in the fridge without the tote. The beer is made locally, so it’s a popular way to avoid buying the big brands. I’m not a beer drinker myself.

Thanks for the suggestions. Definitely going to change the handle and slats. I like the forstner bit idea Gene, but it sounds like it may require a lot of sanding.j

+1 on the finish. I’ll post the next one when it’s done.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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JL7

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#11 posted 10-06-2013 01:25 AM

Sandra, it looks good as is, but I also agree with the other suggestions, including your own…..I’m just not a plywood guy, so that’s my thing…..

But you should really take Gene’s suggestion to heart…...what he’s really saying is ”You need a spindle sander”....which would make short work of those finger holes…...you see how this goes….?

Also really like the mandatory re-gift idea…..might use that one myself…

Fun project…..enjoy..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 10-06-2013 01:26 AM

Sandra, You are always educating me! A refillable beer bottle! What will they think of next? The Growler tote now makes perfectly good sense. Kinda like the old milk bottle carriers.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Sandra

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#13 posted 10-06-2013 01:27 AM

Thanks Jeff,
Dufus question of the evening – I have a spindle sander, but can I put the handle over it since it’s closed?

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Sandra

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#14 posted 10-06-2013 01:28 AM

That’s exactly it Andy. The ‘nouveau’ idea is just recycling an old one.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 10-06-2013 01:32 AM

You can sand the inside of that handle on the spindle sander BUT I would place it over the spindle BEFORE turning the sander on. I had my sander take a piece away from me and it thrashed me for a while before I got it shut off. That won’t happen if it’s flat on the table before you turn it on. Always better to learn from my mistakes rather than shedding your own blood!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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