Beer Crates

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Project by easiersaidthandone posted 10-30-2013 12:11 AM 4816 views 11 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these for my brother in law for his birthday. He makes his own beer and I had observed his bottles being kept in the cardboard carriers that come from the store. So I decided to make him some crates to hold 6 cases or 144 bottles of beer.

The is my first project that I have done using finger joints made with the Shopnotes homemade jig. I am very happy with how the joints turned out except for some chip out on the back side of the cuts. Since the pieces have to be flipped end over end for the jig, each piece ended up having crisp edges on one side and ragged on the other. In retrospect, I should have used a thin piece of hardboard to back up the cuts.

The outer dimensions of the crates are 16 1/4” x 11” x 10 1/2”. This dimension allowed enough space space on the inside for a removable divider to keep the bottles separated in groups of 6. The hand hold cutouts are 1 1/4” x 4”. I used up almost a full sheet of 1/2” plywood to make the box sides. The bottoms are are rabbeted into the sides and made with 3/8” plywood.

The finish is tung oil and the personalization was done using the acetone transfer method.

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#1 posted 10-30-2013 01:06 AM

Cool! Your brother-in-law should be very happy with your gift.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 10-30-2013 01:35 AM

Those are really nice crates!
How did you put the logo on?
is that jig one you use on the router or table saw?
Thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-30-2013 02:52 AM

The jig is used on the table saw with a dado blade. Here is what the jig looks like:

The logo was done using acetone transfer. The artwork is printed out mirror-image on a laser printer. I found that I had to put the same paper back in double print the page to get enough toner on the paper. The paper is then put down on the wood and the back is rubbed with rag dipped in acetone.

Here is a video describing the process:

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#4 posted 10-30-2013 08:56 PM

Those look awesome. I should make some for my bottles I have sitting all over the basement. I should brew a batch of beer to fill them too but that is another story.

-- Mark, Washington,

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#5 posted 11-01-2013 03:16 PM

Those crates look great and well crafted. Like those beautiful finger joints. I’m sure your BIL appreciates it.

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