Continuing our (admittedly sporadic) 12 Weeks of Christmas series, this week we’re making a few of these Chalkboard Beer Caddies for the beer lovers among our family and friends! Quick to whip up and personalizable (word??) to any person or holiday, we’re pretty pumped about this gift idea and will be making some extra to have on hand for last minute gifting needs!
The plan is actually eerily similar to the Distressed Toolbox Planter we made earlier this year, just in miniature.
1 3/4 dowel rod (approximately 1 ft long)
1 3 ft long 1×8 (note: a 1×6 would actually work here, if it was a true to size 1×6 … 1x6s are actually really 1×5.5 and 1x8s are more like 1×7.25s. So a 1×6 that you buy at the hardware store would be too small for this project. A hardware store 1×8 works, but it is a bit roomy for the standard beer bottle. You can trim it down to 6/6 1/2 inches wide if you like, but it works just fine without that step, IMHO)
2 small pieces of plywood or craft wood, each 4″x10″
1 4″x8″ piece of thin plywood (for the divider)
First, cut your 1×8 into the following lengths.
2 12″ pieces
1 8″ piece
Next angle cut the ends of your caddy (the 12″ pieces). The easiest way to achieve this is to measure down on each board about 6 inches. Then, measure over 2 1/2 inches from the top corners. Draw lines connecting the two marks. Cut with either a miter, jig or circular saw (I used a miter).
Next, you’ll want to cut a divot for the divider on the base piece (the 8″ piece). I did this by drawing a line through the middle of the board and then running it through the table saw twice to get the desired divot width.
Fit a small piece of plywood into the slot.
Next, assemble the sides to the base piece. Before attaching, you’ll want to drill 3/4″ holes into the top of each side (easiest to line your pieces up and drill through both of them at the same time to ensure the they align).
I used wood glue, and then followed up with nails once the glue had set.
Meanwhile, paint your 10″ plywood or craft wood with chalkboard paint. Use two coats.
Chalk up the boards so that future chalk use won’t permanently mark it up.
Next, stain the caddy. Stain the dowel rod as well. (I used walnut … a Beckham + Bell favorite. Check out our post on distressing wood and selecting stain colors).
Finally, assemble the chalkboard pieces to the unit. I used a nail gun for this part, but you could certainly use a good old fashioned hammer as well!
Stock that baby with beer and gift away! (This would also be really cute with milk bottles filled with flowers … a little more feminine, for sure!)