I finally started brewing again and needed something nice to store the beer in. As i went to IKEA i found some quite nice looking one liter bottles with snap lid and a resonable price.
After filling them with beer i found that they was a bit unwieldy to carry around so i decided to make something to carry and store them in.
Step 1: Design
While sitting on another endless meeting at work i doodled some ideas about what i needed and back in my classroom (i teach woodcraft/slöjd) i started making a template. I simply followed the size of the bottle and made some extra room for thickness of the plywood and pins.
One of the goals was to make it as lightweight as possible, using easily available materials and as quick as possible to not interfer with the work i was supposed to to.
Step 2: Fabrication
First i cut four square pieces of 6mm birch plywood (i made two carriers at once) of plywood and screwed them together. Made a hole for all the cross pins and another for the handle. Then i cut the four pieces to shape together using a bandsaw to make them identical and then sanded them smooth.
The handle was made from a square piece that was planed down to roughly round, i wanted to keep the good grip while not make it to harsh on the hands.
Step 3: Assembly
The pieces was glued and nailed together using ordinary white wood glue and small 15-20 mm nails. The handle was cut round in the ends with a knife and to secure them i cut a slit and used a wedge to secure them in the plywood.
The handle must be mounted and glued before the last side is nailed otherwise it will be quite hard to fit.
I used 10 mm thick pins in the bottom to carry the weight of the bottles and 6 mm to stop them from banging around.
The bottles rest on the pins mounted on the same side as the handle, this way the sides dont have to take the weight of the bottles.
Step 4: Finish
The assambled carrier was first painted using clear waterbased laquer, then sanded it down, i painted the logo and added another layer of laquer.
The logo was drawn on paper, copied to the wood using carbon paper and then painted with black wood paint and a thin paintbrush. "Gransholm" is the place i live, bryggeri means brewery and "ful" means ugly but can as in this case be used for something not done properly.
It had been tested to some parties and gotten a few compliments. The carrier could of course be made to fit any kind of bottle, just use your imagination.
Hope you enyoy it. As usual, sorry for bad language and spelling.