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Puzzle Box and Beer Chastity Belts for Bill Berklich

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Puzzle Box and Beer Chastity Belts for Bill BerklichWell, another swap down. A good one with many good projects out of this one for a beer swap especially.I was given the task to make something for Bill Berklich. A good dude. I don't know him well but I know he does work with the scouts. I respect that, it helps make independent youths to grow into real productive members of society. Can't stress enough the importance of this today. So right there, that's good in my book.I decided to make it fun. I've had fun games, pranks, jokes, etc. in a couple of my past swaps and I seem to get a kick out of it, that's all that matters right?I grabbed some plans awhile back for free for a puzzle box from woodsmith. Hadn't built it yet but thought it was a pretty cool concept. Modeled after Japanese puzzle boxes from long ago and some of those required over 100 moves to open it. This particular one only requires five moves. So it's fairly basic.I also printed up some can locks on the 3D printer. These things are surprisingly strong. I was shocked at the grip of these. I felt like I would be breaking the can or something when trying to pull them off without unlocking the lock. I then bought some cheap brass locks to secure the toppers on.Overall it was a fun build. The box was surprisingly complicated to make. I've made some fun fancy boxes in the past but this one was probably the toughest I've made in at least a couple years.Bill appeared to enjoy the game to get to his keys, that made me pleased. I also included some pen blanks I've poured. He should be able to make some cool stuff with those.How you all enjoy!Thanks



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Shou Sugi Ban Desk With Through Mortise and Tenon and Tusk Wedges

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Shou Sugi Ban Desk With Through Mortise and Tenon and Tusk WedgesI had a chance to make something new to me. I love getting to try new techniques and processes and this was a build filled with them. I got to try through mortise and tenon with tusk wedges. This to me was a big step as it was the first build I have done with no glue or metal fasteners in the base. I also got to do a large size Shou Sugi Ban finish. I have done a ton of smaller burns like this but none this size. So I learned a lot about this process. I love how the finish came out. What do you guys think? I did do a video and article on how I made the desk go check it out and let me know what all i did wrong lol.Thank you guys.https://jpaynewoodworking.com/try-something-new-how-to-make-a-beautiful-shou-sugi-ban-burned-wood-desk/



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Arizona makes me thirsty...

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Arizona makes me thirsty...I had the pleasure of drawing Dave Kelley for the 2020 Beer Swap and just thinking about the heat in Arizona makes me thirsty… Perfect solution for thirst? Beer! Lots and lots of cold beer! I envisioned a dried up well with the sun-bleached skull laying in the sand… OK, I'll admit it! I was thirsty and did a lot of pre-project beer tasting until I found something that I thought would make anyone happy!!! I designed what I thought fit my vision and carved the backdrop on my Stinger using some clear pine but then had to go in and try to age it a bit by adding a rough texture with the tip of a nail. (I usually inlay some aluminum hangers on the back but wasn't sure where Dave would put this thing and just how rustic he would be will to go so I left them off so he could make his own decision. Personally, I would hang it with exterior deck screws and hide them with rusty nail heads. (Let them lay outside in the rain and then cut the heads off and attach to hide the screws)).
The dried up well is part of a wishing well I used before, cut in the round on my recoil lathe (AKA The Sidewinder) out of a piece of core from a veneer mill (This is something they typically throw away when the diameter gets too small but is generally some kind of good quality hardwood).

I carved the little skull with my trusty #11 Exacto knife and glued it in place (though the USPS did some damage to the product and required a bit of loving care from Dave to make it right again).So the procedure here would be:I'm thirsty!
Pop a bottle open (cap falls in dry well)
Drink said bottle
Sigh deeply and Smile!Live is Good!Repeat as necessary…



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