wooden 6 packs, and components

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Project by tonybrews posted 09-01-2013 03:21 PM 2222 views 18 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back, I posted photos of my 6 packs, and several fellow lumberjocks asked how they were built. Well, I made a couple more and this time took photos of the components before assembly. I put holes in the bottoms to allow any water from condensation to drain. These are made with 1/4” Alder with the inside handle being Poplar (It’s what I had wide enough to make them tall enough). I finished them with satin Varathane Outdoor spar waterbased urethane, since moisture will be an issue. As you can imagine, the glue ups can get a little hectic, since everything must go together at the same time. I did finish the handle and all interior surfaces before assembly, since it is pretty much impossible to do a good job after. The last photo is a jig I made up to route the center groove into the end boards. I wanted to replicate a regular cardboard 6 pack as close as possible, and I think I came pretty close. A tip on sizing these, start from the individual square size and go from there. My first box, I made an error in compensating for my 1/4” stock and ended up with a Corona Coronita 6 pack!

-- Tony, Colorado,

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#1 posted 09-01-2013 03:32 PM

Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 09-01-2013 10:35 PM

Pretty straight forward with the pictures. A couple details that I am sure I wouldn’t have got the first time.

I’m thinking about a wine bottle four pack from this design.


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#3 posted 09-02-2013 12:10 AM

Hummm, I’m thirsty fer some reason. .. Nice builds

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 09-02-2013 02:29 PM

This project needs to go into mass production…stat! :)
Seriously though, if these were packaged as a kit that the average person could puzzle piece together at home they would fly off the shelves…just a thought. A four pack for wine bottles like SteveMI suggested would be a hit with wine distributors as well even if it was only for displaying their products and company name/logo at grocery stores and liquor stores.


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#5 posted 09-03-2013 02:14 PM

These are very cool! Are they all hand cut or were the parts made with a CNC? Nice work..very unique.


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#6 posted 09-05-2013 02:17 PM

A good looking and sturdy box! Like the great design and joints. Great job!

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#7 posted 09-05-2013 10:36 PM

Brad, I don’t have a CNC, the box joints were cut on the table saw with a shop made jig. I have templates made up for all the parts. I cut the handle section a little oversized and the route the final shape using the template. Photo 5 shows the jig I made to route the center slot into the end pieces. I cut the slots for the dividers on the band saw.

-- Tony, Colorado,

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