"Beverage" Caddy - First Tabbed Box Project


#1

Since Father’s day is right around the corner, I thought I would make a beer caddy for my dad who loves IPA. This is also my first attempt at making a tabbed box, and I used the inkscape plugin to create the base box and then imported into Illustrator to make the rest of the modifications. I ordered a pack of wall mounted bottle openers from Amazon, as I knew that this probably wouldn’t be my last caddy. I engraved “Dr. Mikkelson’s Genuine IPA Emergency Elixir” on the sides with a old picture of my dad from the 70’s. I used Owyn’s Hickory for the outsides, and some Owyn’s Mahogany for the dividers. The pieces are really tight, except for the handle, which I messed up on the slot for the width, so there is a little play. I did not use masking, as I wanted that burned patina look, and I’m happy with the results.

Here are the .ai files if anyone is interested.

Beer Caddy.zip (921.9 KB)


#2

I need to get one made for the son in law.


#3

Nice! I really like the side windows.


#4

Looks amazing! Thank you for sharing your file!


#5

would love the files … but couldn’t make sense of them when I clicked on and tried to open or download :tired_face::glowforge:


#6

right-click with the mouse and Save As. Then you can open the SVG file after it downloads.


#7

vielen danke! Got it now. Did you use 1/4" proofgrade? :glowforge::sunglasses:


#8

Images aren’t loading for me. And right-click from the link gives me a ‘corrupt’ svg file. :frowning:

Excellent piece though! I like the windows as well. Hadn’t seen one quite like that before.


#9

No proofgrade. 1/4" Hickory from Owyn’s. I’ve stopped buying anything except for draftboard from :glowforge: because of warping. The Owyn’s boards I’ve received so far have been really nice.


#10

Not sure why the SVG files aren’t working, so I zipped up the .ai files. Let me know if that works.

Mike


#11

This turned out very nice, and the addition of the bottle opener is very clever!

Thank you for sharing the files, this will make an ideal thank you gift for a friend :slight_smile:


#12

Zipped file worked perfectly. Thank you! Very generous of you to share your design. Sincerely appreciated. Really does make a great ‘take it to a party and leave it for the host’ gift.


#13

The side windows and top popper make this 100% worthwhile. Nicely done!


#14

What a great project! You’ll have to update us with his reaction. And thanks so much for the files!


#15

Looks great, thanks for sharing.


#16

Digging the stain and hardware!


#17

The finish was some mineral oil and a coat of clear poly. No stain really, but it looks like it.


#18

Fooled me! :joy:


#19

For this wood and this design I like the decision to go unmasked. The stars on the dividers are a nice touch.

Have you tried the bottle opener? Before seeing your post I’ve seen bottle openers on non-laser made beverage caddies constructed from thicker material. I’ve been wondering how 1) 1/4" wood would stand up to the pressure and 2) how well 1/4" fasteners would stand up to the pressure.


#20

I have not tried the opener yet, but the top screw is mounted to the handle and the bottom screw going through the 1/4" hickory into some backing material for additional strength. I plan on getting a bolt with lock nut to replace the bottom screw, but the current mounting solution seems solid. I’ll open a test beverage tonight and see how it works.