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Old 10-04-2011, 01:27 AM   #1
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I play for the scenario paintball team Pub Crawling and with a name like that we know our way around a pint or two.

I looked for plans to make wooden bottle crates to hold beer and couldn't really find what I was after. So I incorporated a few of the best ideas that met my needs from all of them and this is what I came up with.

These crates are super simple to make and very cheap as well. It only takes about $20 and 2-3 hours to make two of them. So probably only $10 and 1-2 hours if you're lazy. The majority of my time was spent taking pictures of the process though. And I'm not exactly a great woodworker or anything. So I'm sure someone with half a clue could make them faster/better.

I put up instructions on instructables and hope to get around to draw out detailed plans soon.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Wood...-Bottle-Crate/

Enjoy!


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Old 10-04-2011, 02:27 AM   #2
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Looks good. I've been keeping mine in the basement in cardboard boxes. It's a little damp in the basement so the cardboard is starting to go. I was thinking about making some wooden boxes like these. maybe in a 24 bottle option.



 
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:46 PM   #3
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That is a great idea. Nice work. Now I have another project to add to my list.

 
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:18 PM   #4
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Nice work. I'd only modify it slightly. I'd put a rabbit on the short sides, and another dado groove on the inside faces of your long pieces. This way it all inter locks, gets you a nice strong joint, and more glue face. Plus you won't need the screws!

Only other thing was making your dividers. Batch up the same length pieces, and tape them together. That way when you make your cuts, they are the same cuts for all like sized pieces. A) cuts down on your time, B) ensures the cuts are all in the same place.

Nice looking job!

 
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:44 PM   #5
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Man that's nice. I wish I had a wood working shop. And work working skills.

 
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:49 PM   #6
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those look great, i can imagine that in my slightly damp basement they would need a layer of waterproofing varnish. It would be nice to have a bunch of those full of beers and wines to age long term, a cool thing to pull out of the dusty dark recesses of your booze storage area.

 
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:05 PM   #7
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Nice work. I'm getting ready to make a bunch of cases myself now that the weather has turned to crap and I can play in the wood shop instead of on the tractor mowing grass. All the cardboard cases only last so long. A few years ago, I made cases for my bombers. Now it's time for 16 oz flip top and 12 oz cases.
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:07 PM   #8
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Do bombers fit? I've been thinking about building some crates like this for beers/ciders that I put in 16-22 oz bottles.
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:55 PM   #9
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Nice work. I'd only modify it slightly. I'd put a rabbit on the short sides, and another dado groove on the inside faces of your long pieces. This way it all inter locks, gets you a nice strong joint, and more glue face. Plus you won't need the screws!

Only other thing was making your dividers. Batch up the same length pieces, and tape them together. That way when you make your cuts, they are the same cuts for all like sized pieces. A) cuts down on your time, B) ensures the cuts are all in the same place.

Nice looking job!
That's a really good idea on the rabbits! I tried doing finger joints but that required far more skill and precision that I was capable of. So I opted for easy to assemble.

I did try cutting the dividers all at the same time. The biggest issue I ran into was that the angle of attack on the dado blade meant that the dividers on the bottom of the stack would be cut deeper than the dividers on the top. If I had removed the insert plate I might have been able to put the blade up all the way and gotten more of a straight on cut. I opted for the simple way out. I am considering counter sinking some screws and using wood plugs. We'll see.
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:58 PM   #10
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Man that's nice. I wish I had a wood working shop. And work working skills.
I wish I had wood working skills too... I am admittedly a hack.

Look to see if there is a hackerspace (www.hackerspace.org) near you. They usually will have equipment you can use for very cheap or free.


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