Trio of Six Pack Carriers

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Project by KnotCurser posted 12-31-2012 02:27 PM 8601 views 40 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to give my brother and brother-in-law some of my home-brewed beer for Xmas – what better way to present it to them than in a custom six pack holder!

Since I was totally “winging it” on the plans, I first made myself one – I figured I’d get all of the mistakes ironed out by the time I made the “pretty ones”.

The test piece is the one with the opener on it (pic 2). This one was made from two slats from a pallet and is a tad more rustic than the others – personally, I like it better than the others, so I kept it as mine. ;-)

The other two are made from quarter-sawn sycamore – the floor, divider and handle are mortised into the ends and held with just glue. The dividers use kerf cuts to hold them together. The only fasteners in the entire piece are a few pins I used to hold on the side slats until the glue dried.

I used an outdoor oil as a finish since they will probably get damp from time to time.

Pics 5 & 6 also show my beer with the “presentation labels” I make for when I want to impress people. The beer tastes just the same though. ;-)

My brothers loved them – that’s what matters the most!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 12-31-2012 02:45 PM

Great job, those look awesome! Been thinking of doing this for my brothers as well.

-- Adam - teaching history, coaching football, and crafting some of the finest saw dust around....

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 02:45 PM

Oh yummmm. I’ll bet you’ve got a good brew. Is it similar to Guinness? I do like the custom holder.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 12-31-2012 02:52 PM

Way cool. Wheat beer during winter…sacrilege I say. Just kidding. I wish you were my bro so I could get one of these. Labels too! Suggestion for an upgrade: if you were to drill a hole below the opener (from the inside upright) almost through (board thickness minus 1/32”) and glue in a strong magnet it would catch the bottle cap and stick like magic! Also I was wondering if you considered making you end upright wider and insetting the cross members? I only ask as I am thinking of making one or two of these.
Thanks for sharing this project with us.

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#4 posted 12-31-2012 02:54 PM


The “Red Ash” is very similar to Smithwick’s Superior Irish Ale. The “Edelweiss Wit” is my own recipe – designed off of what my wife likes in a beer. A very white, wheat beer with lower hops and a touch of coriander.

I AM making a Guinness clone at this very moment, btw. :-)

Cheers all!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#5 posted 12-31-2012 03:00 PM


I made the wheat beer during late summer – it ages well. ;-)

I like the magnet suggestion – I might go with that in a future build. Thanks!

The only cross members that I didn’t mortise/tenon are the outside slats – I’ll probably inset them if I do this again, but truthfully it doesn’t add that much strength to them – just a really tiny amount more glue surface.

Thanks for the suggestions – LMK how yours turn out!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#6 posted 12-31-2012 03:13 PM

I made a similar carrier, but used a large dowel for the handle and used dowels for jointery. I like seeing dowels. Target was selling the openers for $5.00
I’ve used designs found on etsy. Every guy wants this as a gift. You could also make these as wine carriers, or big enough to carrier several growlers. If only I could brew beer. Tried it and made one good beer out of 10 tries. I really like the sticker labels.

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#7 posted 12-31-2012 05:00 PM

Super idea Bob nice work.

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#8 posted 12-31-2012 07:23 PM

Nice, homebrewing is one of my other hobbies, my supplier about :30 min from my home has a good very selection and will ship.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#9 posted 12-31-2012 07:49 PM

Great idea wonderfully executed…

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#10 posted 12-31-2012 08:06 PM

Great Idea and it looks great.

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#11 posted 12-31-2012 08:49 PM

Great idea and this carrier will be in big demand .
Better gear up they are coming .

Happy New Year

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 01-01-2013 02:33 AM

Nice work; definetly a favorite. What’s your opinion: finger notches, or no finger notches?

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#13 posted 01-01-2013 02:55 AM

Thanks everyone for all the kind words!

Robb – most certainly “no finger notches”.

While they may look pretty cool, they make carrying more difficult.

After everyone’s comments on these, I just might open up an Etsy shop…........

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#14 posted 01-01-2013 06:32 PM

They look great. I have to agree good idea.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#15 posted 01-07-2013 09:08 PM

Great idea. I have been meaning to do this for a long time. Love the idea of the opener on the carrier – only problem is I use ‘flip tops’

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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