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Project by Seeharlez posted 07-23-2012 02:29 AM 9248 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK so this is by no means ‘fine’ woodworking, but it was a quick, fun little project to help out a friend who brews beer. he wanted to make some wooden cases to store bottles and bottled beer. 24 per case, 10 cases. So we grabbed some plywood crate tops from work. These crates come from China. This is easily the crappiest plywood I’ve ever seen. Very uneven thickness, lots of voids and quick to delaminate. Despite the crappy plywood these boxes turned out really well. We made 10 in total and they were just held together with glue and nails. We added a couple dividers just to minimize the free space when using skinnier bottles. Added a couple handles and voila! I set up some stops on the router table to plunge and cut the handles. It worked quite well. Way quicker than a jigsaw or holes saws or whatever other method we could have used.
they took about 4-5hrs over the weekend, so about 30min per box. not a bad way to kill a few hours over a weekend!

Thanks for looking…


-- Greg - Vancouver, BC

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 03:18 AM

you just gave me an idea for some friends in my church who just started brewing their own beer in the last few months! Thanks for the fun idea!

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 12:18 PM

These look great – I also may copy this design.

One improvement might be to run a roundover bit around the hand-holes as a full case of beer gets pretty heavy.

Great job!


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#3 posted 07-23-2012 01:26 PM

Probably the most useful project I’ve seen… well done… uh, like how many left over bottles did you drink? And, usually, you make homemade labels if homemade beer… so perhaps an enlarged label glued to the crate side?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 02:55 PM

great project. Did you make a beer case with your name on it, that your friends can keep filled for you?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 07-23-2012 03:45 PM

Infinitely better than cardboard boxes !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 07-24-2012 03:17 AM

@knotCurser, we actually did round over the handles… Although the crappyness of the plywood still isn’t that comfortable on the hands it was an improvement! Cheers!

-- Greg - Vancouver, BC

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#7 posted 07-24-2012 04:09 PM

4-5hrs of work…
at 1 case of homebrew per hour…
sounds like he’s going to be filling half of those up and dropping them off at your shop! ;-)

Fun project, thanks for sharing. If you poke around on here you can find some homemade wooden six pack carriers too. Maybe something to fill the time next weekend…

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