I have been wanting to make a simple.. stackable.. crate to hold bottles. Primarily to use for storage but also transportation...
I had a few things in mind... cheap and easy to build.. stackable for easy storage.. light enough to be able to lug around.. and strong enough to hold 12 swing top pint bottles.
I made my first one today.. I plan on making a few different styles to see which one works and looks best. In the mean time I'll give away the prototypes to friends and family members to which I give homebrew.
The lumber is 1" by 3" by 8' and 1" by 1" by 8' pine.. at my local big box it was marked as "firing strips." They were about $1.40 a piece and I used almost 4 of the 1" by 3" and not even a half of the 1" by 1". So.. including the small amount of shellac I used at the end this crate cost less than 8 bucks.
The interior dimensions are 9.5" wide by 12.5" long by 10" tall.
I used regular galvanized nails because I kinda wanted to see the head of the nail for styling. The boards on the top serve as handles.
Last but not least... I took out my favorite yard tool and lightly charred the exterior of the crate. Fun stuff. Raised the temp in my garage in a hurry!!
I bought some .75" Manila rope to use as handles but decided against it. I may work that into future models. I may also try to burn a logo/lettering in the sides.. and may also try to make lids.. but for now this is what I got. :rocking: