How to Make a Beer Caddy | DIY Six Pack Carrier

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Learn how to build a Beer Caddy with DIY PETE! This is a fun and simple project that will be great for barbecues, parties, and heading over to watch a football game with friends and family. It’s also perfect to take out for an evening of fishing with some friends. This project costs about $20 to build and can be built with either hand tools or power tools.

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Make All of the Cuts
Cut each piece to size on your miter saw. For all cuts’ lengths and widths, refer to the cut list above. Some cuts may require ripping on the table saw or sliding miter saw, this is optional though, you can buy boards to exact size at store. For a complete, detailed cut list, refer to the downloadable plans.

Mark and Cut the End Pieces
For this beer caddy design, the two end pieces have an angle and a rounded top. These cuts are not hard if you do it all step-by-step with your miter saw or jig saw. The first thing we need to do is measure out where the angle starts and stops. On one of the end boards, measure 5 1⁄2” up from the bottom and make a mark on both sides. Then on the top, measure 2 1⁄4” in and make marks on either side. Then mark and drill the holes for the handle to go through. Detailed dimensions, measurements, and layout in the plans.

Assemble The Caddy
Once you have all of your boards cut to size and shape, it’s time to assemble the beer caddy. Apply glue to any joints that will be nailed together. Start by lining up the flush bottom with one of the end pieces. Glue and nail and repeat for the other end. Now with the bottom in place, we can attach the lower and upper side strips. For more detailed steps, photos, and dimensions refer to the downloadable plans.

Apply Stain and Clearcoat
We’re almost done with your beer caddy! Lastly, we need to apply your stain of choice and finish it off with polyurethane or another clear coat/sealer. I chose Minwax’s Special Walnut finish and the spray polyurethane. Use a brush to cut any edges or hard to get to corners. Once its all covered with the stain, allow it to dry for the manufacturer’s recommended time and then hit it all with a clear coat. You’re done!

A couple of add-ons/customizations I added to my beer caddy are: the bottle opener mounted on one end piece, the 5” wide by 2 1⁄4” tall chalkboard strip on the side, and the vinyl decals. The opportunities are endless here. Have fun and DIY!
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1627 W Main Street Suite 182
Bozeman, Montana 59715

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23 thoughts on “How to Make a Beer Caddy | DIY Six Pack Carrier”

  1. I just posted my own video of a caddy that I loosely based off of your design. Thanks for sharing your project.
    And by the way, your video is way more to the point than mine was; I gotta work on that. 😛

  2. pete great work. think about building something to improve the little bridge an the start of the video. I believe it would be very interesting.

  3. Great idea. Being from central Nebraska I spend lots of time in the garage making things and watching the Huskers.
    Looks like my next project. Thanks. GO BIG RED

  4. Would the bottles sit in the holder if you used 1/2 x 6 pieces? I know it's actually a little smaller than 6 inches but would save time/money buying the 6 inch planks

  5. Any idea where I can find 1/2" x 8" poplar boards? Neither Home Depot nor Lowes seem to carry it in my location (Wichita, KS).

  6. I saw this video and it's gave me the perfect present idea for my dad, will be getting what I need this weekend to get myself started. Cheers Pete !

  7. I think this is perfect, except for exactly one thing.
    You gotta ditch the steel pipe and use a matching one inch wood dowel for the handle.
    Use wooden keys to hold the dowel in place, or a couple nails a half inch proud of the surface.
    But, I really do like this simple project.

  8. Hey! I love this design and was looking for the lumber to make a beer caddy. I found the 1/4" material, but the widest 1/2" broad I can find is 1/2×6. I went to 2 Home Depots and looked online. I can't seem to find the 1/2×8 anywhere. Suggestions?

  9. Great project and video Pete! I subscribed to your channel long ago. I built a Beer Caddy similar to yours – but added a chiller – check it out on my channel when you get a chance! Thumbs up!!!

  10. Off the topic, but just wanted to say that I lived in Montana for a year. I worked on the Yellow Tail dam and lived in Ft. Smith. I loved my time there and someday plan to move back.

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