A Trio of Beer Crates

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Project by KnotCurser posted 09-06-2012 01:06 AM 55967 views 21 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I brew my own beer and up until now I simply stored my little gems on a shelf system in my basement.

A month or so ago, my brother asked me to supply his “Oktoberfest Party” with around six gallons of assorted beer. That wasn’t too much of a problem as I love the process of brewing!

What WAS a problem was transporting the 70 or so bottles of beer to his party – oh yeah, he lives in another state. Doh!

What I came up with was what you see here – three wooden beer crates that stack/mesh on top of each other. The horizontal pieces are placed lower than the sides so they interlock with each other – they are ROCK solid when stacked on each other!

Each crate holds 24 beers – either 12 ounce or 500ml bottles will fit fully inside – the extra tall ones stick over the top – that crate is deemed “the top one”. ;-)

The wood is 100% Reclaimed Pallets from a delivery of steel from South America to a business near my house.

Total cost – around 2 bucks worth of screws and glue. :-)

They are unfinished currently – my wife wants to decorate them with paint, etc….. I am not too sure about that though – I’ll see what she comes up with I suppose.

I also made the cardboard dividers on the band saw – lots of dust, but very accurate!

These suckers look lightweight, but if you flip them over I can easily stand on them.


PS: To the other home brewers out there – I KNOW Kegging is MUCH easier, etc….. I just like to bottle mine is all. :-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 09-06-2012 01:16 AM

excellent crates nice idea on the plan.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 09-06-2012 01:33 AM

Great idea, design and construction, KC. Do you sell them – the beer, I mean?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#3 posted 09-06-2012 04:24 AM

This is one very usefull project.We don’t want beer bottles to be broken.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 09-06-2012 11:12 AM

Precious cargo has to be contained… :)

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

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#5 posted 09-06-2012 11:28 AM


It is illegal, at least in the state of Maryland, to sell any alchohol without a license. Those licenses can be more costly than my house, so I don’t sell my beer. I DO enjoy giving it away and enjoying it with others though! :-)

Thanks all for the kind words!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#6 posted 09-06-2012 12:31 PM

Have to say hello Bob,
Here on LJ i have found a fellow woodworker who brews his own beer and lives in Maryland, If you smoke cigars on occasion I would have to call you my long lost brother. Would you be interested in bottles? I gave up on the hours of washing bottles and went to kegs, but still have 10 or so cases of 22 oz bottles looking for a good home

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#7 posted 09-06-2012 12:37 PM


I am VERY interested in your offer! I will contact you with a private message.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#8 posted 09-06-2012 12:49 PM

Neat cases. Great idea. I like your wife’s idea, too. If she does paint them, we’d love to see pictures.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 09-06-2012 01:16 PM


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#10 posted 09-06-2012 01:34 PM

Great looking boxes, and with your background, the beer should be great. Now that the word is out, you
will have to look out for party crashers at the wedding. I hope you get to enjoy your hobbies for a long time.
Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 09-06-2012 08:24 PM

Great idea. I too brew and prefer bottles. The washing is a hassle but they are much more transportable and easier to use.

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

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#12 posted 09-06-2012 09:15 PM

You sure make everything that you need! Good job.

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#13 posted 09-06-2012 11:41 PM

To tell the truth, I don’t do much in the matter of washing my bottles. I rinse them well and put them in the dishwasher.

When it’s time to bottle, I run them through the “sanitize” setting on the dishwasher and leave them facing down and pull one at a time and fill it. Pretty simple really! I think it’s easier than washing out a keg and sanitizing it. And, I have a bunch of choices instead of one or two beers that are currently kegged and tapped.

I think I’ll have a beer. ;-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#14 posted 09-07-2012 01:22 AM

They look great man! Oh, and the crates look good too. lol !!!

Can you tell I love beer? Seriously though, they look good and with the amount of work it takes to make your own brew, it is definitly the way to go. A very classy touch for sure.

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#15 posted 09-07-2012 07:14 PM

How cool is that? Love the crates. Maybe router your own custom beer logo in the sides? Very nice.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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