Lambic Beer Cradle

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 03-30-2015 02:14 AM 4698 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several weeks ago, a former boss of mine asked me if I could make a cradle for Lambic beer bottles. Lambic beer is presented and served while the bottle is in an angled holder. A lot of times a woven basket is used but he wanted a wooden cradle and provided me a picture of one that had been cobbled together using simple butt joints. I knew I could do much better.

After researching bottle size I spent a little time in Sketchup designing what I knew would be a great look. I chose to use box joints for the corners. The handle is set at 75 degrees, glued, screwed (for strength) and plugged to conceal the screws. The bottom is free floating in a 1/4” groove. Wood is jatoba (Brazilian cherry) and the finish is several coats of tung oil varnish.

A couple weeks after I delivered it he contacted me again asking if I could make another (a gift) for a friend of his who recently quit his IT job to manage a new craft beer bar called The Barrel Room in Norfolk VA. But he wanted to include the bar’s logo on the sides. Laser engraving is amazing.

The first 4 pictures are of the original while the last 2 are the gift for the friend.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 03-30-2015 03:27 AM

Pat, this is an interesting project. Nice job on the box joints. How does it balance? Would you have had more grip room if the handle was longer and extended over the neck of the bottle? What if you made the handle from half a vee shaped tree branch? That way you wouldn’t need any joinery. Early wooden ships were built with vee-shaped branches for bracing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 04:08 AM

Al, the cradle is specifically designed for a 750 ml bottle (all I had was the Malibu bottle in the pictures) but when I delivered the original he had an actual lambic bottle and it fit perfectly. The space between the handle and bottle was sufficient to allow the pourer to hold the bottle in place with the knuckles. If the handle was longer (over the neck) it wouldn’t allow enough room to place the bottle in the cradle. The tree branch is an interesting idea, but I really like the smooth consistent lines of the joinery.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#3 posted 03-31-2015 05:45 AM

Box joints always look great.

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#4 posted 04-02-2015 11:48 AM

That is very cool. I’ve never heard of that beer. Just goes to show, I learn somethin new every day. Thnx.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-14-2015 01:06 PM

Thanks for this! I’m looking to make exactly the same thing as a gift

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