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.
Things You'll Need
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"
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
Connect your two marks to determine the angle.
Match your miter saw to the angle and make your cuts.
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.
Be sure to check your fitment -- this is what will hold your beer in place.
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.
Apply a thin bead of wood glue to the first 12" "G" piece and attach to "F" (the base) with 1 ¼" brad nails.
Apply a small amount of glue and insert your ¾" dowel into the side you just attached.
Apply a small amount of glue to the remaining side. Insert the dowel and secure the base with 1 ¼" brad nails.
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.
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.
Using your tape measure, mark the following "E" and "D" pieces ¾" apart. Glue and fasten with ¾" nails.
Sand any rough edges with 220 grit sand paper.
Assembly is complete!
Wipe the wood clean with a damp cloth. Let dry and choose your finish. Minwax Early American was used in this project.
Apply stain evenly, following the directions on the can. Make sure to get inside and cover all the surfaces.
Using self tapping ¾" screws, attach a wall-mounted bottle opener. I found mine at my local bottle shop.
Take your nylon string and begin neatly wrapping the handle. This is optional, but a nice addition.
Once you reach the end, cut and tie it off.
Pick up some beer from your local bottle shop and enjoy your work.
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.
Use details that contrast for a striking look.