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03-05-2010 03:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: simple gift idea beer wine theme question


First I want to thank those that took time out to offer me a personal message welcoming me to the site, which I joined a few days ago. That was very nice, and appreciated.

Now to the meat…I’m going to a ‘beer tasting’ party in 2 weeks being thrown by a co-worker. Anyone know of a simple project (& plan) I can make as a gift for the host?

I’m thinking like a wooden try that they serve beer samplers in, like you get in a bar/restaurant? Thinking while I type I really like that idea. And load it with some small glasses.

I have a plan for a dispalay wine bottle holder, the kind that balances one bottle suspended at an angle on a table. The plan I have has a more complex ‘fish’ theme, anyone have a simple one?

The host has a wine room in his finished basement, so he’s really into this stuff. My basement, well, concrete walls, crude shelving and sawdust. And some tools. Not much time to make this project, so the finish will be oil & wax. Cost will be minimal, wood is in stock. My skills – 20 yrs hobbiest. Lets say I would spend maybe 2 evenings on this (8hrs). Any suggestions?


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#1 posted 03-05-2010 05:40 PM

The serving tray idea is really cool. I’ve been wanting to make one for a while. I’m planning on inlaying a compass rose out of contrasting woods into the bottom to give that a try for the first time. There are a ton of projects here that feature this, and some great online tutorials elsewhere.

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#2 posted 03-05-2010 08:23 PM

I like the beer flight tray idea. Spend any extra time doing a simple inlay or carving or using exposed joinery like clean cut through dovetails. Maybe use a different wood around each glass to signify the different beers?

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 06:03 PM

I’ve just gotten into woodworking (or has it gotten into me?), so I have started making a list of things I’d like to attempt over the next year or so. And guess what’s on that list? Beer and wine items.

What about making a beer bottle opener? You could use either one nice piece of wood, or join several together. I’m not sure about fabricating the metal “opener” part though? Maybe you can find this piece online (I haven’t looked yet) and inlay it?

You could also make a decanter drying stand. It’d be sort of like a paper towel holder. Just need a sturdy base and a dowel of some sort coming out of the center, then maybe round over the top, or add a ball for the decanter to rest on when turned upside down.

Another item I’m thinking about making is a wine glass drying rack. It’s like the slotted soap dishes, only larger. Basically just a big piece of wood, or pieces of wood joined together to hold 8-or-so wine glasses when turned upside down. You just need to either router out the grooves for the water to be able to evaporate out from underneath the glassware. I’m sick of looking at our glasses drying in the kitchen on a kitchen towel, and this will allow air movement under the glasses.

The bottle balancer idea would definitely be a quick and easy project from what I understand, as long as you get the angle right. That’d also allow you to maybe use up some scrap wood on it.

Don’t know if you have any extra corks lying around your house, or beer caps, but you could make a trivet out of those.

You could also build a little inverted rack to hold his wine glasses upside down if he doesn’t have one, although if he’s that into wine, he’s probably got some sort of storage solution for them.

Let us know what you end up doing, and welcome to LJ!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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