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« on: December 20, 2013 09:58:11 AM »

I may be done crafting for this Christmas. I based this tote on one I found online and modified it according to what we had on hand for tools, scrap lumber and my skill level. http://thenewhobbyist.com/2012/11/making-a-wedding-wooden-beer-totes/#comments

I added a couple of bottle caps to the ends of the handle and will add more along the side rails. Unlike the craftsman I imitated, I cobbled this together with screws and glue, and didn't stain or sand it. My measurements were not precise, so a couple of bombers will fit on one end and four regular size bottles will fit next to them. I meant to do that. Wink

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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2013 10:14:00 AM »

Beautiful! I admire woodworking so much, I was horrible at shop class in jr high!
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2013 12:23:34 PM »

This is an awesome idea! The bottle caps are a nice touch!
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2013 05:22:58 PM »

This looks great!
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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2013 09:04:55 AM »

It's pretty easy, even if you don't follow the pattern in the link. I've got some colorful bottle caps glued onto one of the side rails now. I'm looking around in the junk drawer for small finishing nails to make a more permanent attachment, but if I nail them on, I'll have to use a side cutter or something to cut off the excess. The side rails are only 3/8ths inch thick.

Thanks for the comments. If you do this project, please post your results photos here! I'm betting that a crocheted cozy or something for the beer carrier is just the kind of response a canny Craftster would make  Grin. A couple of other modifications mentioned in the original link were the bottle opener and a cap-catcher of some kind.

The OP had a roughly 1/2" dowel for a handle, but my 7/8ths inch oak one is what I had on hand. I also think it's a better size to carry full bottles, especially if you wanted to up-size it a little for wine bottles or bombers. It is a size that just feels good in my hand, too. I'd considered using a deer antler, but the problem that presented was drilling an adequately sized, irregularly shaped hole on each upright to accept it.

Anyway, it was a quick, fun project that will be of use to us when we haul our home-brews from the basement up to the fridge, and take the empties back down. I hope you all will take a whack at it too.
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2013 05:02:44 AM »

Very cool.  This would be very useful on a trip to a beer store.  I've had friends who have had those thin cardboard holders break, resulting in broken beer bottles. No broken beer bottles with your holder, lol.
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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2013 08:56:39 AM »

With more caps, not yet nailed on.

Nancy, I agree in principle. It suffers the same useless fate as other re-usable shopping bags and baskets. Ya gotta remember to take it with you!
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