I wanted to create a unique way to carry my brews. A friend of mine has been collecting broken hockey sticks for about 2 decades. So I cleaned out his garage and turned his old broken sticks into re-usable six pack carriers - Hockey Sixers. Here's how to make your own. I am also giving one away on our blog - pondhockeybrew.com.
Step 1: Materials
- You will need 2 and 1/2 to 4 wooden hockey sticks, depending on how much good lumber you have left in your sticks. In total you need - 142.5" of wooden hockey stick shaft.
- Wood for side panels and base - to build your Sixer to the dimensions I'm using your boards should be about 3/4" thick. You will need three boards measuring approximately 6 1/2" X 9 1/2". I used soft pine because it absorbs stain well and is easy to nail into.
- Wood glue
- Nail gun
Step 2: STAIN THE WOOD PANELS
If you want to stain your base and side panels do this first. I used a vinegar and steel wool solution to stain mine. Directions here - www.wikihow.com/Age-Wood-With-Vinegar-and-Steel-Wool
Step 3: CUT BASE
Cut a piece of wood to the dimensions shown in the picture. This will be the base/floor of your Sixer.
Step 4: CUT SIDE PANELS
Cut your side panels to the dimensions pictured here.
Step 5: CUT HOCKEY STICKS
The cuts will all be made out the shaft of the stick. Start as high as you can on the stick and use everything down to where the sticks narrows into the blade.
8 pieces 11" in length
3 pieces 9 1/2" in length
4 pieces 6 1/2" in length
Warning: The second time I built a Hockey Sixer I tried to economize my lumber by splitting (or ripping) the stick pieces on a table saw. This did not work out well. The fiberglass wrapping on the sticks frayed and created a splintery mess. If your sticks aren't too old you may still be able to do this, but it will change all the dimensions I reference in this Instructable.
Step 6: ATTACH BOTTOM STICK PIECES
Position two of the 6 1/2" stick pieces on the base, matching the width, so they divide the base into three equal quadrants. I can’t provide the exact measurements to position them because hockey sticks vary in width from one style to another. Divide the base into three equal portions, using the sticks the best you can. Glue the sticks into place, and then check yourself using some fat bottomed beer bottles (Sierra Nevada style bottles). Once you have your sticks in the right place, nail them to the base.
Step 7: ATTACH SIDE PANELS
Using the wood glue and nail gun attach the side panels to the base.
Step 8: ATTACH STICK DIVIDERS
Take two of the 9 1/2″ stick pieces and lay them on their sides against each other, on top of the bottom pieces you just nailed in. Position them running the length of the base, creating 6 equal quadrants on your base. Next nail your other 6.5″ stick pieces into position on the top of your 9 1/2″ stick pieces. Use the measurements from the bottom pieces of your Sixer, and position these top pieces adjacent to the bottom pieces as shown in the picture.
Step 9: ATTACH HANDLE
Position your handle, remaining 9 1/2" stick piece, as shown in the picture, against the side panels and nail it into place.
Step 10: ATTACH OUTER STICKS
Position your 11″ stick pieces along the outside of the Sixer, starting from the bottom, and nail them into place. Make sure to nail the pieces that meet the inner stick partitions to the partitions.