Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!)


Alas, this is the last of my woodworking projects to share with you.  I shared my first project ever (wood piece basket), my first scrapbuster (scrap vase), and the unfinished project that hopefully I'll get to soon (custom X-leg stools).

I am so excited about this project because I think it turned out fantastically!  To celebrate, maybe I should crack a beer open?  :)


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


We were given plans with some instructions for a toolbox, but we could make it with any dimensions we liked.  You can see the example with the flames, which was made pretty huge.  Obviously, I decided to go with a different size to tote around a six-pack of beers.

In the picture to the right, first I cut the sides of the carrier.


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


Then, I used a band saw to create a rounded shape towards the top and sanded it smooth.

Next, I used a drill press to match the size of the pipe I planned on using as a handle.  By the way, I spent a ton of time sanding the hole bigger because there wasn't a size that quite fit my pipe.  That meant drilling a smaller hole and sanding it larger.

Then, I changed the plans a bit on the advice of the instructor to make a notch in the sides using a router.  That way, the bottom of the carrier would be even more snug and secure!


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


Next, I cut the sides of the tote down and used the router again to add a bit of detail.

Then it was time to glue it all together and clamp it while it dried.

Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


Then, it was time to put in a ton of screws.  Oh, and you can see the bottom of the carrier and how the wood piece is wedged between the two sides!


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


First, I drilled a hole for the screw and then made a shallow hole to sink the screws in.


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


The hard part was screwing in all of the screws by hand because not one of the screwdrivers were very good!  My hands were pretty red by the end of this part.  :(


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


Next, I decided to make "dividers" for the six-pack carrier, so I used a piece of plywood and took some measurements.


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


I made the notches with a bandsaw and then sanded it all down.


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


Next, it was time for staining!


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


Don't you love the color!


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


And even though it might look a little messy with the knots of wood showing, I actually made sure to choose the "messy," rustic-looking pieces of wood.


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


Then, I added the pipe handle and secured it with some wood glue.


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


Lastly, I added the beer bottle opener opener on the right. Remember it from this tip I shared?


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


And voila, here it is!


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


It fits six beers comfortably... and then less when you start cracking them open.  :)


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


And for huge bottles, you can remove the insert and fit those in as well.


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


For non-beer drinkers, it'll hold your favorite Cold Brew coffee too!


Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood


Anyways, I'm totally proud of my project made totally from scratch!  Not bad, for my second project ever, right?  It almost makes me wish that I had made two of these at the same time, because it's just so fun and unique to have out at a party.  Also, I had this awesome idea to make a distressed "logo" with initials and a year on it.  *Sigh* maybe next time!

How would you design your custom beer carrier?



Wooden Beer Carrier (for a Six-Pack!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #diy #woodworking #wood



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13 comments:

  1. I just got your update and had to come see, glad I did my son would love this.

    And I think your post would be enjoyed on my Friday Feature Linky party,
    if you would like to share, I would love to have you stop by!! Hope you can find your way over to share.

    Have a great weekend!
    Karren

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  2. Very, very awesome! Love the color of the stain and the metal handle!

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  3. This is so cool! I love how it turned out!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week! Don't forget to enter to win a $5 Starbucks Giftcard!

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  4. Gosh, this is so cool! Thanks for linking up with the Best of the Blogosphere! Hope to see you again next week!

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  5. My Husband made 6 of these 2 years ago for his Buddies at Christmas time. Then made, same idea but smaller for the Gals for herb gardens to have in their kitchens.

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  6. Awesome! I just wish I had my own tools to make more. Thanks!

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  7. Thanks! I tried to be clever with my handle choice. And the stain was a no-brainer but ended up nicer than I even expected!

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  8. Oh how fun! The herb gardens sound so precious! See, now I'm adding another project to my already huge To-Do List. :)

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  9. Wow very awesome! I didn't realize at first that you made it from scratch. Really amazing work. Love the opener on the side!

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  10. I did! I'm surprised too. :)

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  11. I have to say that this DIY is absolutely fantastic! But I don't know if I could do it as good as you. You really did an awesome job! :)

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  12. Thanks so much!!! I'm not sure if I could recreate it myself... :)

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