How to Craft Your Own Wood Beer Caddy

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Ditch the cardboard six-pack and customize your own wood beer caddy to tow your brews in style. This six-pack carrier is complete with a wall-mounted bottle opener so you can enjoy a cold one as soon as you reach your destination.

Wood Beer Caddy
(Photo: Cameron Oden)

Things You'll Need

Step 1

Using your miter saw, measure and cut the following pieces to length:

A (2) - ¼ " x 2 ½" x 6" B - ¼ " x 2 ½" x 9" C - ¾ " x 9 ½" D (4) - ¼ " x 1 ¼ " x 10 ½" E (2) - ¼ " x 2 ½" x 10 ½" F - ¾ " x 6" x 9" G (2) - ¾ " x 6" x 12"

Materials layout.
Photo: Cameron Oden
Step 2

Take your two 12" "G" pieces and mark 7" up from the bottom on both sides and 1 ⅛" from center on each side on top

Measuring for angle.
Photo: Cameron Oden
Step 3

Connect your two marks to determine the angle.

Completing your angle.
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Step 4

Match your miter saw to the angle and make your cuts.

Making miter cuts.
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Step 5

Notch halfway down on the center of your two "A" pieces and make two notches in your "B" piece halfway at 3" and 6" so they can fit together.

Notching wood on miter saw.
Photo: Cameron Oden
Step 6

Be sure to check your fitment -- this is what will hold your beer in place.

Checking the fitment.
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Step 7

Using a ¾" Forstner bit, drill a hole 1" down from the top of your two "G" pieces being careful to only drill approximately ½" in and not piercing through the other side.

Drilling a ¾" hole for the handle.
Photo: Cameron Oden
Step 8

Apply a thin bead of wood glue to the first 12" "G" piece and attach to "F" (the base) with 1 ¼" brad nails.

Attaching the side piece.
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Step 9

Apply a small amount of glue and insert your ¾" dowel into the side you just attached.

Attaching opposite side piece.
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Step 10

Apply a small amount of glue to the remaining side. Insert the dowel and secure the base with 1 ¼" brad nails.

Sides attached with wood glue and nails.
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Step 11

Take your notched "A" and "B" pieces and apply glue to the joints and the bottom being careful to align it in your completed base.

Glueing the divider in place.
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Step 12

Take one of your "D" pieces and apply a small amount of glue to both sides and fasten with a ¾" nail on both sides. Repeat on the other side.

Attaching the wood slats on the outside.
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Step 13

Using your tape measure, mark the following "E" and "D" pieces ¾" apart. Glue and fasten with ¾" nails.

Measuring equal distance between slats.
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Step 14

Sand any rough edges with 220 grit sand paper.

Removing rough edges.
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Step 15

Assembly is complete!

Finished assembly.
Photo: Cameron Oden
Step 1

Wipe the wood clean with a damp cloth. Let dry and choose your finish. Minwax Early American was used in this project.

Choosing wood finish.
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Step 2

Apply stain evenly, following the directions on the can. Make sure to get inside and cover all the surfaces.

Applying stain
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Step 3

Using self tapping ¾" screws, attach a wall-mounted bottle opener. I found mine at my local bottle shop.

Attaching wall-mounted bottle opener.
Photo: Cameron Oden
Step 4

Take your nylon string and begin neatly wrapping the handle. This is optional, but a nice addition.

Wrapping nylon handle.
Photo: Cameron Oden
Step 5

Once you reach the end, cut and tie it off.

Adding nylon sting to the handle.
Photo: Cameron Oden
Step 6

Pick up some beer from your local bottle shop and enjoy your work.

Completed wooden beer caddy.
Photo: Cameron Oden
Step 7

Now that you've mastered the art of making beer caddies, make one for a friend. Experiment with different finishes -- the one on the left has a charred finish for a rustic look.

Wooden beer caddy in two finishes.
Photo: Cameron Oden
Step 8

Use details that contrast for a striking look.

Beer caddy details.
Photo: Cameron Oden
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