I had been wanting to get away from the cardboard boxes for some time now. I drew up some plans in sketchup for a crate (stackable) which would hold 24 Sierra Nevada bottles perfectly. First off I have to say Menards around here anyways has the worst lumber around so if available pickup your material at lowes. (Item #: 1407 - 1" x 2") (Item #: 935 - 1" x 3") (Item #: 940 - 1" x 4") cheapest I could find and best material. I have made 3 of these now (one floor and two stackable). I used a kreg jig to assemble the boxes. Pictures are self explanatory download the sketchup files from:
The plans do not show you how to make the stackable crates but you simply replace the bottom 1"x3"x18" with a 1"x4" which allows the bottom to overhang an inch on either side and locks in quite nicely.
Also there are two designs for the dividers the easy fit ones should slide in nicely I made them at full length and they took a bit of patience to get them in there (they are however a snug but very nice fit).
Feel free to ask any questions you may have but they work perfectly and are quite simple to build. I will take some photos tonight with a decent camera and post a better picture below.
For as cheap as the R3 ($40) kit is its worth every penny. If you have the $$ grab the master system but the R3 worked great for this project. I am no carpenter but the joints the kreg system makes are amazing. I can flip a crate upside down and stand on it without issue. I know the post is somewhat a mess but if you have sketchup installed you should be able to find your way through the plans.
I tried making one... I cut the board twice and it was still too short.
That crate looks awesome! you should market them.
Still too short?
you need a board stretcher!
I am just wondering if you see an issue with the design. I have made three and they all turned out lol.. only thing I have not done is created the 'easy fit' dividers I used my first design which was off a bit but fits. those dividers are here..