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Old 03-19-2012, 10:18 PM   #1
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This beer crate was developed out of necessity. The cardboard boxes that beer bottles come in are great until you rip a handle or the bottom tears out while carrying your freshly brewed nectar.

My goal was to come up with a cheap method of protecting my precious brews without sacrificing on quality and appearance. Those of you in a relationship will know what I mean.

I scoured the Internet and found lots of different designs. Many of the better designs used materials that would put the cost over budget and called for special dado and miter cuts.

I finally came across a simple design that uses simple rip and cross cuts; itís also sturdy enough to withstand some abuse. After a little calculator time I came up with a crate that will hold a 12-Pack of 22oz. or 12oz. bottles all for the cost of two fence pickets.

After a little antiquing and some custom logos & labels this beer crate will not only impress the frugal, but also keep you from bounce checking your bottles on the floor.

Download the PDF instuctions here


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Old 03-21-2012, 04:43 AM   #2
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Hey, that looks really sharp. I like the idea of darkening the wood with some vinegar. I'll have to try this out, maybe put some handles on the side to make it easier to carry. Thanks for putting the PDF together!



 
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:47 AM   #3
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Nice! I like the look and cheap is always good.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:54 AM   #4
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Those look really good. Might have to make some. I would make a slight change. I would move the vertical ends down about a half inch so they can interlock when stacked.

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Those look really good. Might have to make some. I would make a slight change. I would move the vertical ends down about a half inch so they can interlock when stacked.
That's a great idea.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:45 PM   #6
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Looks good. My only criticism is that it looks like you ran screws into the END GRAIN of some boards. I believe it would be stronger and last longer if those screws were run into the other boards where the wood fibers can grab the threads better.

Small thing, really.

 
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:47 PM   #7
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:10 PM   #8
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Nice, I like this! I think I will make a few of these to get my mountain of bottles under control.. I see in your photo that you chose to use the dog ear section that your instructions say to toss. I think I like the look of the dog eared piece better! $.02
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:44 PM   #9
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I love this. Questions: What is the width of the picket? 4 inches? Also, what length and type of screw did you use? 1 inch decking screws?
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I love this. Questions: What is the width of the picket? 4 inches? Also, what length and type of screw did you use? 1 inch decking screws?
Id say ant thing but decking screws. It might look nice if you used cement nails the hard faced ones. With the square head. May look antique. But you would have to glue it too then


My question is about how much in material?$$$$



 
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