DIY Beer Caddy
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While I was at the store the other day walking through the beer cooler aisle, I had the brilliant idea to make a six pack beer caddy! A DIY beer holder is something we’ll use to truck a six pack of beer down to the patio for when we want to relax or kick the soccer ball around the backyard while enjoying the nice summer weather!
Modelo is brewed with a fighting spirit and has a proud Mexican heritage of brewing high quality, distinctive varieties of beer that set the gold standard of what great beer should be — like the Modelo Especial and Modelo Negra. Both varieties are top-notch in my book!
On my way home I swung by the lumber yard to grab a piece of wood, because somehow I knew that I didn’t already have a 1″ x 8″ board in my lumber stash – strange! I swear when it comes to materials I have in the workshop, I have a photographic memory. Anything else? Fuhgeddaboudit! I can’t remember what I had for breakfast!
Anyway, this beer holder is pretty easy to build, so let’s get to it!
- Lumber – One: 1″ x 8″ x 6′
- 220 grit sandpaper
- Wood glue
- 1¼ brads (if you have a brad nailer) or finish nails
- Stain + foam brush and rag
- 6 decorative upholstery tacks
For this project you will need a 3″ hole saw bit that fits onto your drill.
Side Note: What is the actual size of a 1×8? Well, the 1″ x 8″ measurement refers to the rough cut board from the saw mill, not the finish cut size you’ll get at the lumber yard. Your board will actually be ¾” x 7¼” – but everyone refers to them as 1×8’s so that’s what I mean when I say 8″ — the full width of the board.
- Three 12½” x 8″ pieces
- Two 1″ x 8″ pieces
- Two 1½” x 8″ pieces
- Drill holes for the rope handle 2″ from either end as seen in the photo above.
- One 9″ x 1¼”
- Drill holes for the rope handle 1″ from either end as seen in the photo above.
Cut the Beer Holder Holes
Now we need to cut six holes where the beer will be held.
Measurements for the 6 pack:
- This will give you 6 intersections that will mark the center of each 3″ hole.
- Measure and draw a light pencil line 2″ in from either edge on the long side, the entire length.
- Measure 6¼” in from either short side and draw a line across the width.
- Measure 2″ from the center width line towards the ends of the boards, drawing two more lines across the width.
This will give you 6 intersections that will mark the center of each 3″ hole.
You can draw lines for each board. Or do as I did and draw lines on one board, then securely clamp the boards together. I then clamped the boards to my sawhorses to cut all the holes at once.
Use the proper personal protective equipment and always keep both hands on your drill when using a hole saw! Don’t ever grip the board while using a hole saw, PLEASE! The thought of catching a finger gives me the shivers!
Dry Fit, Sanding & Staining
Now that we have all of our pieces cut to size and the holes cut out, we’re ready to dry fit everything together, sand it and stain it!
Use 220 grit sandpaper and sand every piece, removing any rough spots and pencil lines. Wipe clean with a cloth and then apply your wood stain of choice.
The color wood stain I used is called provincial. Once your piece gets stained, the longest part begins. Waiting for the stain to dry. Depending on the weather and what type of stain you use, this can be several hours or even overnight. Let it dry, don’t rush it.
Once your stain has had the chance to dry, we can begin the assembly! Woohoo!
Perhaps the best part, assembling the beer holder. This is where it all takes shape! It goes together fairly quickly, too. For me, the hardest part was tying the dang string for the handle, but I have a tip to make tying the string easier…read on.
Attach your 1″ pieces to the solid 12½” board, with the end grain facing up, using wood glue and brads or finish nails.
Using wood glue and nails, attach your first 6 pack ring board.
Tip: Save the nicest board for the top. If you have a chip-out from cutting the holes, ugly knots or any imperfections in one of the 6 pack boards, use that one on this first level – face the imperfections down and they’ll never be seen!
Next, add the 1½ inch pieces, also end grain up at either end of the caddy. Apply your wood glue liberally to the end grain and clamp in place. Once clamped in place, drive nails in at a 45 degree angle to secure the boards together. Allow the wood glue to dry – most have a 30 minute dry time. If you wish, countersink the nails so you can disguise the nail holes with color match putty.
Once the wood glue has dried, we can attach the top 6 pack board.
Glue and nail once again.
But wait! When you nail the top board on, use three nails along the edge. One in the center and two in line with the 6 pack holes. Look closely at the photo below. You’ll see why in a minute…
Positioning those three nails carefully was to help set us up for our decorative upholstery tacks. We’ll install the decorative tacks just next to these nails, so the tack heads conceal the nail heads!
Looks nice, yes? You can also flip it over and add decorative tacks to the bottom of the caddy to hold it up off the table a bit – not necessary, but a nice addition.
Install the Handle
If you have giant meat-hooks like me, this next part is a little tricky. It’s time to feed the rope through the holes and tie knots for it to stay in place.
- To feed the rope through the holes easier, wrap the end of the rope in a piece of tape. It’ll glide right through!
- Cut your rope extra long so you have plenty to work with! Just trim off the excess when you’re done.
- I cut two pieces of rope to 36″ each, tied them off and snipped off the excess.
Feed the rope through the handle and then feed each end of the rope through the holes on either end of the caddy.
Tie the rope together inside the holder, or tie knots in the end of the rope so they don’t slip back through the holes. Either way works fine! I tied mine together and put a dab of glue on it so it’ll never come untied. Then I cut off the extra rope. Make sure you check the length of the rope to make sure it’s comfortable handle height before tying tightly.
Let’s double check once again that our beer bottles will sit in there nicely…
Yup! Pretty sweet!
Now we can truck beers down to the patio — no problemo!
PS: A big thank you and shout out to Katie for being my butt model. Cheers!
Now all we have left to do is kick back on the patio and enjoy!
So next time you’re out shopping, grab a few 12 packs of Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and a piece of wood. Go ahead, make yourself a nice beer caddy. You deserve it!
Of course, and I know I don’t need to tell you this – don’t drink and build. Save the beer for relaxing!
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