Walnut and Holly Beer Tote

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Project by DLC posted 06-09-2015 12:15 PM 1400 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes a project strikes my fancy and I can’t get it out of my head until I build it. Such was the case with this beer tote. The general idea of a box to carry six beer bottles is not original by any means, but my design was pretty unusual. This may be one of the oddest creations I’ve made yet, but I’m pleased with the result. It works well, looks good, and showcases several woodworking skills I’ve developed in the past year.

One of the major skills I was attempting to use in this tote was handcutting all the dovetail joints on the corner. They turned out pretty well all in all. This walnut was great stuff to work with. One thing I liked about this walnut was the gradient from dark at the bottom to light at the top. Another distinctive feature of this piece was the hand carved handle. I used several pieces of holly that I obtained on a couple camping trips. All pieces were carved with a drawknife.

-- Daniel, Durham, NC

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#1 posted 06-09-2015 12:34 PM

This is a tote with character. Nice work and design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 06-09-2015 01:36 PM

As long as it can cary 6 beers…
Beautiful project, I like natural looking handels.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 06-10-2015 08:37 PM

As long as it can cary 6 beers…
Beautiful project, I like natural looking handels.

- majuvla

Yep anything that will carry 6 Beers is good with me , But this does it with Style.

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#4 posted 06-11-2015 01:33 AM

Thanks for the comments, guys. I made this for a friend who is a craft brewer. Your comment is exactly what I told him – when he takes his bottles to parties and such, he can do it in style. In fact, that divider piece is removable, and it will hold six 22 oz bottles, since he likes to bottle them big much of the time.

-- Daniel, Durham, NC

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#5 posted 06-13-2015 09:59 PM

Beautiful wood and great craftsmanship. Love that holly too. Nice job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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