Building a beer caddy is one of those projects that are both easy to make and the cost of the materials is low. In addition, you have many customization options, if you want to add character to the project, such as adding a bottle opener on one side of the caddy or staining it in two colors.
Irrespective of your choice, this makes for an ideal gift for the loved ones. A handmade gift shows your consideration and it's also an opportunity to put your woodworking skills to use. Tons of Free Woodworking Plans for even more ideas!
Step 1: Cutting the Components
The first step of the project is to cut the components for the beer caddy. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to use 1x6 slats and 1x2 strips of wood (1/4" thick). In addition, you will need a small piece of a 3/4" dowel for the handle.
You can buy the strips of wood from your local DIY store, or you can make them using a table saw. After making all the cuts, you should smooth the edges with sandpaper to dull the sharp edges.
A - 2 pieces of 1x6 lumber - 11 1/2"
B - 1 piece of 1x6 lumber - 7 1/2"
C - 6 pieces of 1x4 lumber (1/4" thick) - 9"
D - 1 piece of 3/4" dowel - 7 1/2"
Step 2: Assembling the Frame
Next, you need to assemble the frame for the beer tote. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are right-angled. Use 1 1/2" brad nails to lock the components together. In addition, I recommend you to add glue to enhance the bond.
TIP: It is a good idea to paint or stain the components before joining them together.
Step 3: Attaching the Side Rails
Fit the 1x2 strips of wood to the sides of the frame. As you can see in the diagram, you need to place the strips of wood equally-spaced. Add glue and use 3/4" brad nails to lock the rails into place. You can play around with the design and use just two rails. The possibilities are endless and they are limited only by your imagination.
Step 4: Fitting the Handle
Fit the 3/4" dowel to the top of the beer tote, as seen in the image. Make sure the handle is horizontal and aligned properly at both ends. Insert two 1 1/2" brad nails through both side into the rod to lock it into place tightly.
Fit the bottle opener on one side of the beer caddy and there you have it!