I found myself with a left over half sheet of 5/8" exterior ply from a rebuild of my front deck, and used it to make 3 beer crates, each holding 24 bottles. This is a fun, easy project that makes a good gift (more on that later).
Step 1: Tools and materials
You need about 1/6 of a full sheet of 5/8" plywood for this crate, plus some scrap hardboard. I had about half a sheet of both, so made 3 crates. You'll also need nails (I used a nailgun), wood glue and a saw (I used a table saw and a mitre saw, because I own them; a circular saw and a guide would be fine).
You also need beer. To fill 3 crates, I bought 6 mixed cases of West Coast craft beer (2x Phillips, Vancouver Island Brewery, Granville Island, Tree, and Big Rock), which got me (three lots of) 24 different microbrews. Yum.