As I had mentioned before, I first got into woodworking to make gifts for our bridal parties. When trying to think of ideas I came across beer caddies and thought it was the perfect DIY gift! So one summer day, my father-in-law and I made 8 of them. It was a lot of fun and pretty easy to put together.
After making these I really wanted to make something from scratch and eventually wanted to make much bigger projects like furniture, which I’ve had the chance to do. Since making the original 8 however, I’ve only made one more beer caddy which I’m sharing today. This one I happened to make as a thank you for my boss.
These really do make a great gifts. I’m actually hoping to launch an Etsy store soon and this will be the first thing on it! So if you don’t have the tools to make this, then you’ll just have to wait until I start selling them!
Make all cuts listed above.
For the 2 pieces of plywood that are 5 1/2 x 4″ you’ll want to make a cut that is a 1/4″ wide right down the middle, stopping halfway.
For the one piece of plywood that is 8 1/2″ x 4″ you will make 2 cuts that is 1/4″ wide. You’ll do each cut 2 13/16″ from each end. Again you’ll stop halfway on these cuts so it can fit together with the other pieces of plywood.
Take your two 12 1/2″ pieces and mark 8″ up from the bottom on both sides and 2″ from center on each side on top. Make the diagonal cuts with either a miter saw or table saw.
Using a ¾” Forstner bit, drill a hole down from the top of your two 12 1/2″ pieces all the way through. I like to make sure everything fits together.
Use the biscuit joiner and drill for two biscuits at the bottom of each 12 1/2″ piece. Also use the biscuit joiner and drill for two biscuits on each side of the 1x6x8 1/2″ so it will match at the bottom.
At this point, if you are going to do a letter on the front of one of the 12 1/2″ pieces, this would be when I’d woodburn. Just trace the letter and use a woodburn pen to burn it in.
If you aren’t woodburning you can skip, but now is the time to stain everything as it’s much harder to stain once everything is put together. Once stained, let dry for a couple of hours before putting together.
Attach a wall-mounted bottle opener 2 1/2″ from the top. You can do this later as well much I just like to do now.
Insert a small amount of glue and add all 4 biscuits to each side of the 1x6x8 1/2″ piece. Also apply glue in the areas where the biscuits will go in the 12 1/2″ pieces. (You can also just use brad nails and nail and glue the pieces together but I didn’t want anything to show)
Apply a small amount of glue and insert your ¾” dowel into each side and let set. Clamp the pieces together and let dry for about 30 minutes.
Fit together the 8 1/2″ x 4″ piece and (2) 5 1/2 x 4″ and place inside the beer caddy, making sure it fits. You can glue together if needed but not necessary.
Take one of your 10″ side pieces and apply a small amount of glue to both sides and fasten with a ¾” nail on both sides so that it is 3/4″ from bottom. Repeat on the other side. Add the second side piece 2 1/4″ above the other side pieces and glue and nail. Repeat on other side.
Enjoy or give as a gift!