So I just finished a batch of home brew, and needed a way to store it so I could give it away to friends and family. I didn't want to spend too much time making it since I would have to be cranking out a good number of them.
I simplest solution would be to use what I already had lying around.
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Step 1: Cut List for the Wood
I developed a cut list based off of the tallest bottles I was using for storing the beer. In my case, this was Budweiser bottles. You can measure your bottles and base your measurements off of that. I used some scrap 1/2" plywood.
Side A: 9"x 11" Quantity = 2
Side B: 5.5" x 10.5" Quantity = 1
Side C: 5.5" x 11" Quantity = 1
Top: 6" x 8.5" Quantity = 1
Bottom: 5.5" x 8" Quantity = 1
I cut a 4' x 11" piece out of my scrap on the table saw, then used a miter saw from there to cut everything down to size.
Using the table saw again, I cut a dado into both "Side A" pieces 1/4" wide, 1/4" deep. 1/4" from the top (along the short side).
I also cut a rabbet into the "Top" piece 1/4" wide and 1/4" deep along both long sides.
This is so I can easily slide the top on and off.
Step 2: Assembly
I used a brad nailer to make the process much quicker, but screws or standard nails will also work.
I first clamped the two "Side A" pieces, the bottom piece, and the "Side B" and "Side C" pieces together, and put a couple brads in to hold it in place. Make sure the "Side A" pieces have the Dado on the top.
Remove the clamps and add more Brads to hold it all together long term. I ended up with 14 brads total, 7 on each of the "Side A" pieces. 3 along the bottom and 2 along each side.
Now you can just slide the top piece right in. If its a bit too snug, you use the dado blade set up or sand paper to remove a bit more material.
Step 3: Sanding
Although there is a wide variety of ways you can go for finishing, I just went with a quick sand of 80 grit then 120 grit.
Its not going to look the best it possibly can, but this was scrap wood to start with. I just needed a quick way to crank out these boxes so I can spend more time on the important part, brewing the beer.