Beer dispensing chairs and automatic dog petters make woodworker famous
September 11, 2019 | 11:59 am CDT
Matt Thompson is a seemingly ordinary woodworker from Michigan. But thanks to the power of social media, his DIY projects have been seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world.
"I make things that are pretty crazy, impractical, over the top, kinda cool, I think," Thompson told Insider. Thompson's creations include the Michigan Beer Chair, Michigan Wine Chair, and Automatic Dog Petter - all three of which have gone viral.
The Michigan Beer Chair dispenses beer cans with the lift of a handle, which slide down a ramp for an easy grab. The cedar chair is easily restocked via a slot in the back and a door on the top opens for ice. A full drainage system stops the ice from spilling down the chute.
His wine chair is similar, but a bit more complicated. The Rube Goldberg style chair fills a wine glass using a series of pulleys, strings, and a lever. 
"I think most people can relate to just chilling outside on a nice day," Thompson continued. "And to have a chair that can serve you a beer, pour you a glass of wine would just make it that much better."
The Automatic Dog Petter we've covered before. The contraption features wooden cogs that allow two wooden hands to pet. 
"Humans have massage chairs so why shouldn’t our pets have petting machines," said Thompson. "I gave it a Rube Goldberg style flare to make it interesting to watch."
Thompson said has no intention to build more of these for sale. Check out what he's up to next on his Facebook page.

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