Growler Totes

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Project by 7Footer posted 06-12-2013 05:03 PM 18581 views 43 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I actually finished these Sunday the 2nd but my wife and I were leaving the next day to Mexico for a week so I waited to post them. I think its the first time I’ve ever finished a project early! I am going to give one of them to my Dad for Father’s Day and maybe keep the other one for myself, but not sure yet. Every Sunday one of the local breweries fills Growlers for $5 so naturally my Pops heads down there to top them off!

The idea for these stemmed from the six-pack carriers I’ve seen on here on LJ’s. I plan on making a couple of those next, 22 oz. six pack carriers though.

They are made with poplar and finished with 4 coats of semi-gloss spray lacquer. I was going to put Danish on first but I just loved how the the green in the wood lit up after I tested a small piece with lacquer, and since its beer related and hops are green I just went with it.

This was the first time I’ve tried using dowels to join the wood. I used 1/4” oak dowels to hold the handles on. There are a few nails on the bottom just for some extra strength when those growlers are full, but thats it, everything else is just glued.

I made two of these just in case I screwed one up! The whole thing with transferring the hops logo and putting my Dad’s initials on one was a bit of a chore though, I’m not getting super clean and dark enough transfers and its causing me to have to touch them up a little bit which is pain in the A. I used lacquer thinner but next time I am going to try acetone and see if its better but I also feel like it depends on the type of wood. I have tried 2 different printers as well to see if maybe one had a lower quality toner or something but I can’t really see any difference. Regardless I am happy to have my Father’s Day present all done and not trying to rush to finish it this week. Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 06-12-2013 05:05 PM

Great idea, looks good to.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 06:25 PM

Wow, room for 2 growlers? I think I like your dad.

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 08:49 PM

Good job. I agree on the poplar, it can be many colors. We just have to display it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 10:19 PM

These look great! I make six pack holders very similar to these.

I think I like the way you attach the handles better than mine, so I might have to “borrow” your idea! :-)

Thanks for sharing.

BTW, take a look into using gel medium to transfer images. Acetone transfers work as well.

Good luck!


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

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#5 posted 06-12-2013 11:02 PM

Thank you guys!

Bob – Yeah yours was one of the ones I saw on here that I really liked, I actually was planning on trying to join the handle in the same way as you did but when I started to build them I realized my little sketch was way too much and I just started throwing them together – and then when I cut the sides I was worried that I couldn’t make clean enough mortise to secure it with just glue, I wasn’t confident enough in myself and my tools! Is that a mortise you use to join yours? I think the dowel will be plenty strong and should hold up fine over time, but you know how it is, I’m always worried about something I make for someone else breaking down so I tend to overdo it on the strength factor.


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#6 posted 06-13-2013 12:37 AM

These turned out very well! Great idea, too.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 06-13-2013 01:00 AM

I think your design will actually prove stronger than mine as all I am relying on is the strength of the glue and the top, thin piece of wood over the mortise. For a six pack though, it’s more than enough.

Yours has the dowel going all the way through – I’ll bet it’s a stronger joint.

One other thing – take a look how I held the floor of mine in – using a dado. Easy to cut and it’s very strong.

Keep up the great work!


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

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 12:28 PM

Very neat, I like

-- Doug...

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 10:54 PM

This gives me an idea for my homebrew bottlles.

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

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#10 posted 06-13-2013 11:27 PM

Nice idea for a condiment holder as well. Nice job. Thanks for the idea.

-- Harvey, Costa Rica,

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#11 posted 06-15-2013 01:22 AM

Very nice! I just made a couple of “rustic” growler carriers. Yours show a lot more woodworking skill than mine though.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#12 posted 06-15-2013 03:35 PM

These are really nice looking totes. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 06-17-2013 06:57 PM

They’re beautiful. Like the design and the joinery. It’s a great gift that I’m sure will be appreciated. Well done!

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#14 posted 07-27-2013 07:05 PM

Made a growler tote this week as a wedding gift for a buddy. Used oak dowels to join it all, which really pop after a coat or two of polyurethane. It came out great. Thanks for the idea.

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#15 posted 11-22-2013 11:07 PM

I’m new to woodworking and building, but have enjoyed it immensely so far. Next up is hopefully a growler carrier for the husband for Christmas. Yours appears relatively simple to reproduce and looks great to boot! Any suggestions or tips you can give me to get the project off the ground?

Many thanks!

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