A Home Made Home Brew Beer Carrier

Auditors can’t afford to be one dimensional. I think that one characteristic good auditors have is a curiosity to learn new things. Curiosity can drive you to try new things, take chances, experiment. Two hobbies I picked up because of my curiosity were home-brewing and woodworking. I combined them in this home-made home-brew carrier.


This is far and away the most popular posted page of my entire blog. I think most people jump here from the google images search page. If you look at other similar home made beer carriers, they are slapped together with nails and/or screws, with little to no wood working craft or joinery. AND, some sell for $40 plus shipping. My carriers require a surprising amount of time, partially because I’m only a Beginner/intermediate wood worker. The hand held belt sander repairs a multitude of errors. Mine end up with dings and chips, but they’re rustic and arts and crafts projects.

If you click on the first picture, you can just make out the little brass tag below the church-key holder. I ordered 10 of these for $4 each. Mine says, “Danacraft by Benson” It’s a cute addition to wood projects if you’re so inclined.

By about the end of September, 2012, I had planned to have about 10 of these completed. I was thinking these would be available for sale on a first come, first served basis. Great holiday gift for the home brewer in your life. This would also be an awesome gift for the groomsmen at a wedding. Between time and materials, I’d probably price these at about $35 each, plus shipping. You can order custom brass plates to customize the carrier for your occasion. They run about $4 each. However, best laid plans of mice and men……I’ve gotten no inquiries so far, and I only have 2 finished in stock. Oh well……

Please contact me via email if you think you might be interested, though, and perhaps we can work something out.

 Home-made home-brew carrier

Except for routing out the church-key holder, you can make this with a hand saw, glue and a 3/4 inch drill bit. I use a “box” saw, about half the length of a regular saw. It’s a Sandvik brand, made in Sweden. Each saw tooth is beveled on both sides. It’s 25 years old and still cuts like a sharp knife through soft butter.

Interior slats are hobby plywood, 5.5mm thick, 3/16″. On the next carrier I made, I used oak slats I salvaged from an old toboggan and planed thinner, and then used a joiner to square up the edges.  They ended up being 1/4′ thick, perfect for the router to cut the grooves half way through to connect the 3 pieces together.

Here is the second. Almost identical but the side rails are not through rabbets. I dug them with a hand chisel.


Handle is 3/4″ dowel

The ends and bottom are from standard pine stock, 1″. (finished thickness is a true 3/4 inches)
I’ve had difficulty getting the dowel the right length. It might be better to just cut it 9 inches to match the bottom and screwing it in fromthe end.


Bottom 6 13/16″ wide, 9 1/2″ long. Cut a 1/4″ long rabbet to fit into the ends leaving the interior length at 9″. See photo.

Ends 6 13/16″ wide, 12″ tall. The flat top is 1″ long and the shoulder/gable starts at 7 1/2″ from the bottom.

Use any available scrap for the side rails. These are 1 and 1/8″ x 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ long. Space as desired. In the photo, the top of the top rail is 5 1/2″ from the very bottom.

For the slats, 3/8″ thick, I routed 1/4″ slots to interlock them together, so I had to glue a toothpick in to lock them tight. Simply using a hand saw to cut the slots is probably fine.

The long slat is 9″ long and the 2 side slats are 5 1/2″ long. Mine fit so snugly that the polyurethane was enough to “glue” them in. You can use a few spots of glue and it should work fine. I also drill a very small hole in the bottom of the slats and then snip the head off a brad (SMALL NAIL) and insert it into the hole, point out. Glue it in. Then you can push the slats into the bottom and they’ll stay put. Make sure to put glue along the bottom of the slats, too.

The carrier is plenty long enough for standard 12 ounce bottles. It’s wide enough, but if you use thicker slat stock, or want extra room, the whole carrier could be a smidgen wider. The side rails as is are thicker than you might like. I used them because they were free scrap available for the prototype. I think thinner side rails might be nice. I’ll give that a try some day.

The bottle opener (or “church-key”) holder is 1 and 1/8″ wide by 3/4″ deep by 5 1/2″ long. I just routed out the interior and glued it to the side. You can also buy nice bottle openers if you prefer.


The finish is “Golden Oak” oil-based stain and oil-based polyurethane. Many people insist on using water-based coatings, but the oil-based are much more effective and durable. Just buy a little can of each. The earth won’t hold it against you.

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One Comment to “A Home Made Home Brew Beer Carrier”

  1. Sue says:

    My husband and I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you did on our beer carrier. It looks great and we will have an opportunity to use it this weekend and show it off. Very nice workmanship! Very reasonable price too!

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