Wooden Beer Case Plans?

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TinmanDan

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Hey guys --

Does anyone have plans for a good wooden beer case? I recently attended a party where I supplied a generous amount of my own beer, but when I lifted up one of the cardboard cases, the bottom fell out of it, and I lost a few bottles of brew to the forces of gravity and the hard concrete floor (man down!!).

I'd like to build some cases, but I haven't found any good plans...can anyone help me out?
 

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no plans for wood but look into file folder cases from staples or walmart iv'e got 6 or so and they hold a case easily(actually they'll hold 30 bottles without dividers)
 

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I would imagine that someone in the Chicago area is selling massive quantities of used milk crates. They will last longer than wood and could hold a lot.

Craigs List Link: Milk Crates $1 In the Crown Point area(??) not sure if this is near.

On your side here, I think a set of oak crates stained with red oak stain and sealed with matte finish poly would look great! Expensive, but great!! :D
 

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I read recently that the milk industry is shifting to a new jug design that elliminates the need for crates entirely, so I imagine they will become very easy to come by soon.
 

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Hey guys --

Does anyone have plans for a good wooden beer case? I recently attended a party where I supplied a generous amount of my own beer, but when I lifted up one of the cardboard cases, the bottom fell out of it, and I lost a few bottles of brew to the forces of gravity and the hard concrete floor (man down!!).

I'd like to build some cases, but I haven't found any good plans...can anyone help me out?
I have a measured drawing for exactly what you want, but you'll need Google Sketchup to open it. The app is free and great for designing brewing gadgets/systems.

Download Sketchup here: http://sketchup.google.com/download/

Download my beer crate drawing here: http://www.smartguypress.com/beer%20crate.skp

3/8" birch plywood is fairly cheap, works great and will last forever with a few coats of spar varnish. Use 1/8" tempered hardboard for the bottom and dividers. The bottom is held in with a 1/8" dado (just use a standard tablesaw blade).

The corners are up to you, but box joints are the strongest.

Michael
 

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There's a book called Brew Ware that has plans for building these things. It's worth investigating.
 

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Wooden Coke Box

One of these immediately came to mind. My uncle has a couple mounted on his wall that he uses for his matchbox cars. An original would probably be too expensive for practical use, but the dimensions should be right.
 
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Great responses, everyone - thanks! I think I'll take a trip to Lowe's and buy some lumber. Appreciate your help!
 

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Got to thinking this one over....I love the design and idea of a wooden beer case. I have an old barn out here (built in the early 1900's) that's coming down. I've used one slat of wood for a pic frame and discovered that while the outside of the plank was weathered, the inside was still solid as a rock. Bet that would look nice, the old weathered outside with a nice deep color on the inside. Check out some barn wood, ya'll if you're going for a rustic/ole timey/yet usable look.

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I guess this thread is a bit old, but I'm new here....

This guy made some nice wooden crates and he includes the plans on his site.

beercase
 

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A full-height case stacks better, and can have a top that slides into slots if one side is low and the other three are slotted.

Wooden cases have the advantage of being able to be custom-made to suit your bottles - milk crates don't fit quite right, so space on the shelf ends up wasted, though they certainly are sturdy and all.
 

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Hi, I'm new here. I know I'm bumping an old thread, but I was looking for some plans like those mentioned here. After a lot of searching, I just designed my own. Remembering this thread, I figured I'd share the rough sketch I made in case anyone else is looking.

 

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bmbox12 is a wood worker that sells custom wooden boxes for beer bottle carrying. I think he also can get the boxes laser etched with logos or what have you. You can find some of his work in the vendor section.
 
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