The Gift of the Beer Caddy

There are a lot of reasons why a Beer Caddy is cool. It’s a handcrafted carrier of all things beer. It often times has a built-in bottle opener for the added convenience of being able to open the beers that are carried within. A Beer Caddy is a hand made, six bottle, beer carrier for those of you that aren’t in the know. It gives craft beer lovers a way to carry their favorite beers in a sturdy and fashionable way. It also allows them to carry homemade brews in something cooler than a plastic bag. It’s kind of hard to look cool at a party when you roll in with a plastic bag full of beer. I’m just saying.

So, what do you get for the person who has everything? A beer caddy is a great idea. Not only does it serve a cool function but it can also be customized to the person that you are giving it to. You can also add in the fact that it is something that you can make yourself, and handmade gifts always have an added emotional factor. It’s cool to buy something that a person wants. There’s nothing wrong with that, and in fact, that’s usually what people do for gifts. It’s so much cooler when you put some heart and thought and maybe even a little elbow grease into it.

How To Make Your Own Beer Caddy

Let’s take a moment to be honest. We’re not all handymen or handy women. Not all of us can build a farmhouse table from scratch with a perfect balance and a lacquer finish. So it’s not a stretch to say that buying something is much easier than building something. So we’re going to go through a guide to build your own beer caddy that anyone with access to the tools can make. Now it may not be perfect, but maybe that’s where a bit of the magic comes in. On the other hand, maybe, you might find a hidden talent that you never knew you had.

The truth about this project is that it is something that someone with a novice level of tools can do. It will require you to make some cuts. Glue and Nail some pieces together. Some sanding and finishing will also be required. You will need a power or mitre saw. You could even use a hand saw but a power saw is definitely easier to use. A power drill or hammer and some wood glue. The basic point is that if you have ever built something before that you should be able to complete this project without much difficulty.

What Kind of Wood To Use in Making a Beer Caddy

There are so many trees! Like a lot of trees in the world. If you weren’t sure, that’s where we get wood. So how do you know which type to use? Well, there are different reasons to use different woods. Factors, including price, ease to work with, favored look or feel, and a number of other factors. So let’s get a rundown of the 5 best kinds of wood to work with according to an article you can find here.

  1. Pine – It’s a soft, wood and that makes it super easy to work with. It’s also widely available and among the less expensive woods.
  2. Cedar – This is also a soft wood that is easy to work with. I think everyone knows that Cedar has an awesome smell to it but it is also very durable and holds up to the elements well.
  3. Redwood – This is not as common but it is highly resistant to moisture. That is exactly why it lands on this list. It is easy to work with but its resistance to moisture will help if those beer bottles start sweat on hot days.
  4. Cherry – This is a wood that is a little more difficult to work with than some of the other options. It does, however, have a beautiful finish unlike any of the others.
  5. Maple – There are two varieties of Maple. The softer version is the one we would recommend. It is easy to work with and offers a sturdy material that can lost for a long time.

How to Construct the Pieces Into A Beer Caddy

You’ll want to take the chosen wood for the project and cut pieces to these sizes and then follow the directions as laid out by diycandy.com.

  • 1/2″ x 6″ board – cut into three pieces: (1)  7 3/4″ in length, (2) 9″ in length
  • 1/4 x 3″ board – cut to 7 3/4″ length
  • 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ board – cut into five pieces: (1) 7 3/4″, (4) 8 3/4″ in length
  • Mark the 7 3/4″ x 3″ piece and shape the handle with a jigsaw to create the handle
  • Cut the angles. On your 9″ pieces of wood, mark each side 5 1/2″ from the bottom. Mark the middle of each piece at the top and use a 1 1/2″ strip to create a point on each side of the middle.
  • Nail the pieces together.  Attach the angled sides to the base with wood glue and then secure with the nails.
  • Align the 7 3/4″ piece on top of the handle. Glue together. Attach the handle to the sides with wood glue and nail into place. Apply wood glue to the 8 3/4″ sides and nail into the place.
  • Sand the entire caddy with 80 grit sandpaper to start. You can then progress to 150 and 220 grit sandpaper to make it very smooth.
  • Finish by staining or oiling your wooden beer caddy and then adding your bottle opener

Once you’ve completed your beer caddy you can add some flare to it by incorporating paint, decals, or etchings. You can get as creative as you would like. You could monogram initials on it or add a custom plaque with a first or last name on it. Customizing it to the person you are gifting it to will make it that much more meaningful. It’s also pretty cool to have a customized beer caddy. Any beer enthusiast would be happy to have it.

Ok, so now it’s time to address the elephant in the room. You think this is a great idea! The only problem is, you’re just not equipped to build your own caddy. That’s ok, everyone has a different level of skill when it comes to this sort of thing. There is also the very real possibility that maybe you can pull this off, maybe you could even do it with your eyes closed, but you simply don’t have the time. That’s ok too.

Styles of Beer Caddy To Choose

There is a huge variety of beer caddy available with different options in color, style, wood, and even accessories that you can purchase online. The style we have been talking about is a wooden caddy but that’s not the only option. You also have ones that are made of waxed cotton with an attached bottle opener for a vintage look. They also have them available in Neoprene to keep them cold and to keep the elements out for the adventuring type.

They also have different variations on the wooden caddy as well. You can find some with a more traditional wooden handle like we have covered. You can also find unique ones that have different types of metal for a handle like stainless steel, aged iron, and even bronze. I’ve also seen them with a rope handle as well.  Amazon has a very large selection available to those of you that want to take this route. You can check out an example here.

No matter which route you choose to go the bottom line is that this is a great gift for the beer enthusiast in your life. Never forget that one of the best things you can do with a gift is put thought into it. Good luck to those who choose to try to build their own or one for a gift, and happy shopping for those who don’t. No matter what, the person who receives it is going to love it.

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