If you want to learn more about how to build a wooden beer caddy, you have to take a close look over the free plans in the article. I have designed this beer tote so you can carry 6 bottles of beer. All you need is a piece of 1×8 lumber, 1×2 strips of wood, a 1″ dowel and brad nails. This wood beer caddy makes for an awesome gift for your husband, father or best friend. This project should cost under 5$ if you go for pine. If you want to use oak, maple or other kind of wood, the costs will increase a little.
If you want to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to plan everything with attention, as to prevent costly mistakes and to build a professional garden bench. Invest in high quality materials, such as cedar, pine or redwood, as the bench will be exposed to all kinds of weather. Apply a few coats of paint over the components, to enhance their appearance and to protect them from bad weather.
Beer Caddy Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 11 3/4″ long FACES
- B – 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 7 1/2″ long BOTTOM
- C – 6 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 9″ long SIDES
- D – 1 piece of 1″ dowel – 10″ long HANDLE
- One day
How to build a 6 pack beer tote
The first step of the project is to build the sides for the beer caddy. Mark the cut lines on the 1×6 slats and get the job done with a saw. Afterwards, use a random sander to smooth the edges. Use a 1″ drill hole saw bit to cut out the holes for the handle. Make sure you take accurate measurements for a professional result.
Cut a piece of 1×6 lumber for the bottom. Attach the sides to the bottom and align the edges with attention. Add glue to the joints and clamp everything together tightly, making sure the corners are square. Insert 2″ brad nails to enhance the bond of the joints.
Attach the 1×2 strips of wood to the sides of the beer caddy. The 1×4 slats should be 1/4″ thick for a professional result. Add glue to the joints and insert 1 1/4″ brad nails, making sure you don’t split the wood.
Last on the list if to fit the 1″ dowel handle to the beer tote. Center the handle into place, making sure it overhangs 1/2″ on both sides. Use glue and 2″ brad nails to lock the handle into place.
You can install a bottle opener to one side of the caddy, if you want to add unique appeal to the project. The bottle openers go for as little as a few dollars, so the extra effort should pay off eventually.
We recommend you to check if the components are locked into place properly and structure is sturdy. Next, fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Smooth the surface with sandpaper and even out the edges.
PRO TIP: Apply several coats of paint or stain over the components, in order to protect them from decay. Check out the rest of the project to learn more about building garden projects. See here a step by step tutorial on how to build a beer caddy.
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