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Old 03-18-2013, 01:49 AM   #1
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Seeing the price of beer flights makes my jaw drop each time! I had found 24 five ounce tasting glasses online for 39$ and decided, I'm going to make my own. This way I can design it the way I want, and I can match the stain to my keezer. So, I was feeling ambitious one night and designed my beer flight idea on a couple sheets of paper with measurements.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/attachme...1&d=1363570605

Last week I made a template of my design out of 1/4" plywood so I could just use this template for each of the wooden flight holders I would make (6 total). This weekend I picked up an 8 footer of 1x6 oak (I adjusted my above design to 5 1/2" wide to accommodate the wood so I adjusted each side by 1/4") and had it cut in half, so I could fit in my car (two 4 foot pieces). Each flight paddle is going to be 15" long and I cut out the six 15" pieces tonight. I then used my template to drill 1" holes to start my handle design. I used a 1" paddle bit. I need to pick up a 1 7/8" or 2" paddle bit for my tasting glass indents. I also drilled an 1/8" hanging hole above the handle. See my progress so far:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/attachme...1&d=1363571119

For the final product I also plan to add 1"x2" pieces of 1/4" plywood with either chalkboard paint or whiteboard paint underneath each tasting glass to write what it is. I got the motivation to do this project and figured I'd share with the HBT community who "get it", heh. I will post updates as I go along.

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Old 03-20-2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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Ok, I worked on my beer flights some more last night. I had to go to the local hardware store and get a 2" forstner bit to drill the holes for the tasting glasses (they didn't have 1 7/8" so I adjusted). The holes for the glasses were the easy part. The handle was much more difficult. I had to try and maneuver a jigsaw to get these cuts with the finger notches. My first and second one I couldn't get the notches right, so I just made it a straight handle hole, but the others have finger notches like the pic below. I then started routing the edges and only got through a couple so far. I hope to work some more on these on Thursday. I need to finish the routing, then sand this beast, stain and clear coat. Then comes the whiteboard pieces. Thinking wood glue. These will be a fine addition to my next beer tasting!

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Old 03-20-2013, 01:21 PM   #3
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Looks good to me. Those finger holes remind me of brass knuckles for some reason; very cool. I think wood glue would hold a piece of chalkboard to that thing just fine.

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Looks good, if you are looking for high quality glasses that are perfect for tasting I found these and just bought them myself:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Looks good, if you are looking for high quality glasses that are perfect for tasting I found these and just bought them myself:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Awesome, thanks for the tip, but I had already purchased these:

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/anch.../55093013.html
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Looks good to me. Those finger holes remind me of brass knuckles for some reason; very cool. I think wood glue would hold a piece of chalkboard to that thing just fine.
My father told me the same thing about the brass knuckles. Too funny. Maybe I should call it my Wooden Knuckles Tasting Paddle!
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Ok, I finished routing all 6 of the paddles. Going on a work trip so won't be able to get any further for a week or so. Next, sanding, staining, clear coat, and the whiteboard pieces. I have to fix one of the handle holes too. After I sand it ill re rout it. It looks a little shoddy right now. The others look good though. Check out my progress below. Cheers!

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I like the open handles instead of the brass knuckles. My 0.02.

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I like the open handles instead of the brass knuckles. My 0.02.
Agreed.

Looks great though!
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I stumbled across a sale of tasting and pint glasses sets at NB a couple years ago.. I did a basic paddle for the flights, certainly not as nice as yours..

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