Hi everyone, Love here. Yvonne has asked me to highlight one of the projects I’ve worked on recently. I made this as a gift for my brother and am happy with the way it came out considering I didn’t have a plan for it. You see I never took wood shop in school or any other woodworking classes so I’ve just been picking things up as I can.
This started as an idea from Yvonne when she saw something like it on etsy. When she mentioned a wooden six-pack holder I told her I could make one easily. I may have been a little over confident but everything turned out well. I started by measuring some empty bottles I had laying around to figure out a minimum size for each bottle section (3″ by the way). From there I drew out a handful of sketches. One was a top-down view, one was from the wide side, and one from the short side.
Once you have your drawings it’s pretty easy. Just measure and cut all the pieces, stain them, and nail them together. Granted those steps are sometimes easier said than done, especially depending on what tools you have at your disposal.
As a novice woodworker I have yet to amass a lot of the tools that would have make this project a breeze but they weren’t necessary. I used a power handsaw, power drill, power sander, hammer, nails, and wood glue. The power tools I have are all Ryobi which is Home Depot’s brand but it means they all work from the same batteries. One of my Christmas presents this year from Yvonne was nice new batteries for my tools. Isn’t she the best?
I happened to have some wood stain around so that was what I used. Applying a nice stain is one of the touches that makes a basic project feel like a professional job. It’s also great when you can save money of a project using leftover wood scraps, stain, or paint.
For this particular build I didn’t have many scraps around but when I make another one (maybe for myself this time) I could use pieces I have. It really is a nice piece to show off to friends and makes a standard six-pack of beer a talking piece or great memory.
Since this was my first time making one of these and I wasn’t working from specific plans, I did run into a little bit of a problem. I was able to adjust my design and have it still come out close to what I wanted. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and we need to adjust, it’s all in how you handle situations like that.
With this I was hoping to slat the cross beams with the center beam to have them fit together and provide strength to each other but I didn’t quite have the tools (or perhaps the patience with the tools I did have) to accomplish it. As I said I improvised and came up with an adequate solution and just had the long cross beam resting on top of the short ones as you can see below.
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the build process I went through for this fun six-pack holder. I plan on bringing you more projects (when Yvonne wants them) in the future. Back to you Yvonne!