Koozie for Beer Swap

Migrated project.

My first swap ended up being the beer swap. Why? Because the people I work for also own a brewery, so why not. I made this for ksSlim.
I got the idea of a wooden koozie from a project by LJ doubleDD. I asked him a lot of questions and he graciously helped me out. But I didn't have a lathe or any turning experience.

I had some walnut that I glued up and contacted my buddy LJ Putty who does have a lathe. So he helped me greatly and taught me a lot.

This is me:

And here's Putty:

We made 2 since we weren't sure how they would work out. The first one is simple in shape but worked, so we got a little fancier with the second one and made it more of a barrel shape.

After that I went to visit my son who makes guitars in 1/2 of a one car garage.

He had some box elder burl which we used to make scales for a stainless bottle opener.

I had made a 1" wide groove around the center of the koozies to receive a 1" wide strip of leather with LJ Beer Swap 2017 stamped on it. However the leather I had on hand was too thick so I sanded it…for a long time until inspiration set in. I set my little 220 block for a really aggressive cut and learned that you can in fact plane leather.

I stamped the leather and glued it on and started putting polyurethane on everything. I put a small strip of neoprene around the upper inside to keep a bottle from rattling around. Dave (doubleDD) used foam weather striping which I think would have been better than the neoprene. But it is just applied with spray adhesive, so it can easily be changed.

I got the beers from the brewery and the Head Brewer at Whistle Post Brewery which is no longer operating. He also bottled 2 more for me that were not currently being bottled. So I printed up some lables for those two from images on the website.

I want to especially thank Putty for his invaluable help.

Thanks for looking

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

real nice koozies duck.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Another well done Swap project Duck.

Main Street to the Mountains

That came out amazing Duck. I remember when doubleDD started making them. I offered to buy one and to my delight, he just sent me one. I still love using it in the summer.
Hey Duck, Dave here, double DD. Really cool job on the koozie. I like the inserted leather with the writing. That will give me another option for future koozies. They are so much fun to make and excellent for pass time or down time when working on other projects. Thanks for the mention. 
Jeff, nice to here you still use yours. I use mine every day.

Great first lathe project!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".