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Old 04-11-2012, 05:26 PM   #21
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Awesome! Been thinking about this for a while!

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Old 04-11-2012, 06:16 PM   #22
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I used a pneumatic stapler and some wood glue. It is holding together great.
I ended up putting one together at lunchtime today. I used 1" brad nails (probably should have used 1 1/4") with my electric nailer. Went super fast and looked good... Firring strips are sometimes crooked so you have to watch out for the squareness when picking out wood.

All in all, looked good and without the dividers, I was able to fit 26 standard bottles.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:19 PM   #23
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This is awesome, and I like the aesthetic touches you put on them to make them not look like something you want to hide in the closet or garage when company comes over. I have way more bottles than cardboard cases to store them in, and last night I had a few of those boxes get destroyed in a water leak. I think I'm going to build a few of these. You have inspired me, sir!

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Old 04-13-2012, 01:31 AM   #24
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I made one slight modification that allows you to cut the # of pieces of lumber (assuming 8') from 4 pieces (2 of each) to 3 pieces by replacing the 5 17" slats made with the 1x2 with 4 17" pieces made with the 1x3.

This will actually let you make 2 full crates with 5 total piece since the 1x2 strip can be used across 2 differen crates by only using it for the vertical pieces.

Summary of the breakdown for one crate:

1x3: 18.5 | 18.5 | 18.5 | 18.5 | 10.5 | 10.5
1x3: 10.5 | 10.5 | 17 | 17 | 17 | 17
1x2: 10 | 10 | 10 | 10

Thanks for sharing this idea, and thanks to the original fence picket too! Awesome being able to make 2 crates for less than $5 (I didn't do the dividers).

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Old 04-13-2012, 06:05 PM   #25
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This is the third one that I have made in the past week. Small mods but looks good. I am going to use the vinegar and steel wool trick to condition it. Here are some pics.

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Old 04-13-2012, 09:58 PM   #26
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That is sharp looking ! Great job ! I made some with plans from here, they also turned out great.

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Old 04-15-2012, 12:04 AM   #27
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Stopped at Lowes this morning and picked up some materials. A few hours later I have my first of many crates ready for finishing. This is a great low cost project! I used wood glue and a mixture of 1" staples and 1 5/8" brads with my pneumatic nailer and it's nice! Thanks!

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Old 04-15-2012, 04:46 AM   #28
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I made one of these today. Just a couple comments, the logo process didn't work well for me. It only transferred to the high spots on the wood grain. I didn't sand it, maybe you could get it flat enough to work. Also, I am making dividers, but I will use my own measurements. The measurements for the picket design would be smaller than my crate. Overall though, I am really happy with it and I will definitely make more. Thanks for posting the instructions!

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Old 04-15-2012, 07:06 PM   #29
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I just made 3 of these, for abut 4.66 + tax a piece can't beat it! used some old cardboard for dividers and the bottle are held snug. Also added some small tabs using scraps that allow them to be stacked securely.

If I had a chop saw mine would be a lot prettier, but close enough for beer!

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Old 04-15-2012, 10:05 PM   #30
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I just made four of these at about $2.50 each. Hopefully the picture loads.

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