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    Beer taster trays

    Or carriers or whatever you watchamacillits. A buddy is opening a brewery and wanted some taster trays so this is my shot at it. The decor is fancy rustic or something so I went with sort of a slightly polished barn wood look. Not really my aesthetic but you work with what you have.

    First the finished project. Eventually I'll get a shot with beer, but they just brewed the first batch today so that's a month or so out.

    They hold six sampler glasses, I only had two for scale.
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    A bunch of end pieces with mortises cut.
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    Next the dovetails
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    Cut the bottoms with the tenons
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    And the rails with the ends dovetailed to match
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    Assembled
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    Burning a project isn't unprecedented for me but this is one of the first where I set out with that as the plan from the start
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    A coat of waterlox and we're done as shown in the first shot.

    Note: I make no apologies for the quality of the joinery, it's in pine! Oh the tearout, yes the tearout!! Pleased it came out at all.

    The next project is in maple and English walnut but amusingly has no joinery at all.
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    Last edited by Ryan Mooney; 12-14-2015 at 02:58 AM.

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    Those are really well done Ryan. Very cool and a step above the usual tray with indentations!
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    Very nice, Ryan! Well done on all points to get the rustic look.
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    Shou-sugi-ban!! Very nice. Free beer for life!!

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    The tray with holes was the other option I have them. I did add a few minor embellishments to it, but the ability to brand the logo on the end of the taller trays sold them on that design. The flat ones have some cleaning and storage advantages besides being a whole lot easier to make.

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    I took some very light inspiration from another local brewery
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    There were a couple things I didn't like about those ones, namely you can't see the beer without taking it out of the tray, and the inside corners looked problematic to clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    Shou-sugi-ban!! Very nice. Free beer for life!!
    Working on that I actually helped the fellow brew his first batch of beer a few years back, hooked him up with his brewer, helped unload the brewery, and a few other things. At this point I think we're in pretty good Mostly I'm just excited to have a local brewery because the other six or seven are 20-30m away

    I wasn't sure if it was actually shou-sugi-ban or not, I thought maybe it needed to be more burnt? Dunno... It was my first shot at this theory.

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    Those came out nicely, Ryan. I'm with you on the finish, but if that's what fits, then it's great.
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    Very nice
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    Very nice trays. I was wondering about the branding. A pub i visited in Halifax in the summer had a flat tray but square made for better balance.

    One idea that i would offer to you to let your friend think on is perhaps stenciling the different beer types on the rail either side. At this place my son took me to his other half got the first round and by the time she made it to the table did not remember all the types in the sampler. I would think that's a common problem certainly would be for me with my gray hair. Would be nice to be able to order a pint knowing more than "the dark one" oh which dark one. duh, ok then just give me the larger, oh you mean the Pilsner or do you want the white beer, uhhh whatever .

    Branding on the ends will look good hope they have a brand mark that fits, any chance of it being made into a branding iron? The burnt look will help focus attention on the small glasses of beer.

    Cool project thanks for sharing it with us. Final thought this would have been a great idea to think of for me when i was in my twenties and me and my buddies were experimenting with different cocktails on a Friday night. or for shots.
    cheers

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    And a six pack to go for all. Very nice project came out looking great. I like the tray personally. You can see the glass and beer at a glance.
    Nice!!!!!!!
    David

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