Monday, January 28, 2008

Pabst of Yore

I was working in the basement this weekend and decided it would be a good idea to go spelunking in the crawl space. What I found there was a treasure every cyclist and cheap beer aficionado would be proud of. Whoever built my house in 1937 was drinking on the job, god bless em' and dropped a few empty cans of PBR into the foundation before slapping the house on top. These cans sat still for 71 freakin years, waiting for someone with the lack of common sense to shimmy their way into the darkness and yank them into the 21st century. There they could achieve the greatness those cans were destined for... a handy tool holder on my peg board! With a can opener, a dremel tool, and a wee bit o' moxie I brought a little more honor to my beloved workspace.

suck it.


Details:
I used a dremel cutting wheel to make a cut around one inch long at the top of the back of the can. Then it was just a matter of sliding the peg board bracket in through the slit. I finished it off with some glue to keep everything tight.




10 comments:

Stevil said...

Obviously a sign of a true professional.

toddkrein said...

Will you show us how you attached it? I'm surprised the aluminum didn't tear...

Dr. StrangeGun said...

Toddkrein,

gotta read closer :) That's a 1937 era beercan, they were made of tinned steel of a weight that if you tried to smash one on your forehead you'd likely be leaving for the hospital in short order.

If you wanted to replicate one for today, I'd use a soup can opened with one of the can openers that cuts the rim rather than the lid.

As far as professionality, it's considered good luck to leave something behind when building a house. It's still standing 71 years later, you could say it worked :)

Cycle Jerk said...

Todd,
I will post a more detailed photo tonight. I used t dremel cutting wheel to make a cut around one inch long at the top of the back of the can. The it was just a matter of sliding the peg board bracket in through the slit. I finished it off with some glue to keep everything tight. This will make more sense with an accompanying photo. :)

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toddkrein said...

Soup can, eh... I dunno if "Cream of Mushroom" has the same cache as PBR. :-}

Anonymous said...

I wouldve assumed the Pabst Beer logo from '37 wouldve been vastly different from the modern [well Dad drank PBR in the early 80's] one. Is there any indication on the can itself of it's age?

shryke said...

You sir have inspired me to feats of creativity. I'll build something this weekend. and I'll drink beer while doing it!

Cycle Jerk said...

Anonymous,
There are no dates on the can beside the ones on the logo. I sent an e-mail to Pabst a few days ago but they have not replied.

toddkrein said...

Ah ha! I get it now. Thanks for the pict.
Now, off to find an old Fosters' "oilcan"...