Beer and Wine Ho-Ho-Holders

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Project by Chuck McIntyre posted 12-16-2015 02:35 AM 1886 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a number of friends that do a lot of home brewing and I thought that a nice six-pack tote would make an extremely useful Christmas present. The design was based off a plan in one of the Wood magazine issues from this past summer.

Unfortunately, my wife saw what I was doing and said something along the lines of “What about our wine loving friends?”. Well, that led to a modification of that design and the fabrication of several more that will hold two bottles of wine.

The prototype of each was made from some scrap red oak that I had laying around. After having success with those, I made a couple more beer holders from some leftover cherry scraps. Once I realized I was going to need to make about ten more total it was off to my local hardwoods store. They had a bunch of wormy soft maple for $2.50 a board foot that was turned into the remainder.

The red oak units all have red oak doweling in the finger joints and for handles. The cherry units have cherry doweling and handles to match. With the wormy soft maple I thought that something contrasting would look pretty awesome so I went with walnut for the doweling and handles on those. The wood for the dividers matches the box. All were finished with three coats of satin Arm-R-Seal.

You can see one of the wine holders glued up in the background of the first picture.

Thanks for looking and have a very merry Christmas!


p.s. Sorry about the sideways pictures. I can not, for the life of me, figure this issue out. It must be a Mac thing!

-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#1 posted 12-16-2015 04:22 AM

Nice holders – one of my future projects. I like those corner joints strengten with dovels.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 12-16-2015 07:34 AM

Chuck, you have been busy. I like these. They are very practical and should keep you in beer and wine for quite some time if your friends appreciate your work as much as I do. I especially like those with contrasting handles and corner dowels. I tried my hand at bottle totes too. Fun projects! Nice job of writing about the project so it was interesting to read. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 12-16-2015 11:26 AM

nice totes – the ‘spalted ?’ wood really makes a difference

pm sent regarding picture orientation

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 12-16-2015 02:51 PM

These holders will make nice project for sell or great gifts. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 12-16-2015 06:18 PM

Nice job!

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#6 posted 12-16-2015 11:29 PM

Nice , and I have the same problem at times with my I phone!

-- rob, ont,canada

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Chuck McIntyre

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#7 posted 12-17-2015 01:23 AM

Thank you, gentlemen, for the comments.

Big Al, I took a look at your totes and they are beautiful. I am going to take a peek at the spline video you mentioned. I have a walnut frame that I am currently working on for another gift for which I was considering doing splines on the corners. My miters came out so pretty though that I was worried I would screw it up!

Dick, thanks for the pm on the picture organization and, more importantly, for adopting me as your buddy! Greatly appreciated!

They look even better now that they are filled with beverages.


-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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