Instructables user Herbsco built this reusable, good-looking beer carrier out of solid walnut, which probably explains why it looks so good, but even if you don't have that available, he has everything you need to make your own -- and attach a bottle opener to it, as well. You'll definitely need some power tools to make this one, so it's less of a "scrap wood toss it together with some stuff you have lying around" project and more of a "this looks great and it's not too tough to make once I have the parts" one. Here's what he suggests you have:
- Miter saw (can replace with circular saw)
- Band saw (for re sawing the stock)
- Table saw (for ripping, can replace with circular saw with guide)
- Power drill
- 18 gauge nailer (Can be replaced with hammer and nails)
- 6.5"w x 30"l x 1"d [16.5cm x 76cm x 2.5cm] hardwood board (I chose walnut)
- 3/4" [2cm] brad nails
- Wall mounted bottle opener
- Wood Glue (I used DAP Rapid fuse Wood glue)
- 1" [2.5cm] Forstner Bit
- Mineral Oil
If you don't have the components or parts, a trip the hardware store will set you right, although maybe not all at once. You may be able to get the wood cut for you, but you'll still need to assemble everything on your own -- or, like Herbsco says -- stop by your local hackerspace or makerspace. It's a perfect project for one, and he even suggests one in his area.
Once you do have the wood cut and prepped, it's all about nailing it together, finishing it and attaching the bottle opener. He even used a CNC laser to etch the name of his local makerspace on the side, which we can definitely appreciate. Hit the link below for the whole walkthrough.
Walnut Beer Caddie [Instructables]
Lifehacker's Workshop column covers DIY tips, techniques and projects.