This step by step diy woodworking project is about wooden beer tote plans. The project features instructions for building a beautiful wooden tote for six 12 oz beer bottles. This project is a wonderful gift idea for any occasion, including Christmas, birthday or anniversary. The best part of the project is the cost of the materials should be less than 10 dollars, if you use pine (including the wall mount bottle opener).
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Beer Tote Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 11 1/2″ long FACES
- B – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 7 1/2″ long BOTTOM
- C – 6 pieces of 1×2 lumber (1/4″ thick) – 9″ long RAILS
- D – 1 pieces of 3/4″ dowel – 7 1/2″ long HANDLE
- 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 4′
- 1 piece of 1×2″ 1/4″ thick – 6′
- 3/4″ dowel
- 1 1/4″ brad nails
- bottle opener
- wood glue, stain/paint
- wood filler
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
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Building a wooden beer tote
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the sides of the beer tote. Mark the cut lines on a 1×6 board and get the job done with a saw. The easiest way to make the cuts is by using a hand saw. Afterwards, smooth the cut edges with 120 grit sandpaper.
Cut a piece of 1×6 at 7 1/2″ for the bottom of the beer tote. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled. Align the edges and insert 1 1/4″ finishing nails to lock everything together tightly. Smooth everything with attention using 120-200 grit sandpaper.
Use 1×2 strips of wood (1/4″ thick) for the rails. Align the edges with attention and secure them to the frame using 3/4″ brad nails. Add glue to enhance the bond of the components. Place the rails equally spaced for a professional appearance.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the handle to the 6 pack beer tote. Cut a 3/4″ dowel at 7 1/2″ and fit it to the box, as shown in the diagram. Align the ends with attention, for a professional result. Insert 1 1/4″ brad nails through the sides into the dowels. Two or three nails on each side will secure the handle properly into place.
Alternatively, you can drill 3/4″ holes through the sides of the beer tote and fit a 9″ dowel. Insert nails through the top into the handle to lock it into place.
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden project from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Fit a wall mount bottle opener to one side of the beer tote as a soft touch.
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