How to Build a Beverage Crate

Turn a wooden crate into a unique wine bottle holder

How to Build a Beverage Crate



Measure the rectangle insert
Measure the rectangle insert- Build Beverage Crate

• On your 3/16 inch plywood, measure two 16 1/2 x 9 3/16-inch rectangles.
• Then measure three 11 7/8 x 9 3/16-inch rectangles.

Cut out the rectangle inserts
Cut out the rectangle inserts- Build Beverage Crate

Using a jigsaw or circular saw, cut out all of the rectangles, cutting along the wood grain.

Measure the interlocking grid cuts
Measure the interlocking grid cuts- Build Beverage Crate

• Measure and draw the interlocking grid cuts onto the rectangle inserts that will be used to interlock the rectangle inserts together to form the grid.
• The grid cutouts will be 4 3/4 x 1⁄4 inches. Measure them 3 15⁄16 inches apart from each other.
• Both of the large rectangles will have three grid cuts and the three small rectangles will have two grid cuts. See this PDF.

Cut the interlocking grid cuts
Cut the interlocking grid cuts- Build Beverage Crate

Using a jigsaw or hand saw with fine teeth, cut out all of the grid cuts from each rectangle.

Interlock the inserts
Interlock the inserts- Build Beverage Crate

Interlock the two large rectangles with the three small rectangles where the grid cuts were made to form a grid design.

Place the inserts inside the crate
Place the inserts inside the crate- Build Beverage Crate

Push the entire interlocking grid into the crate.

OPTIONAL: Paint or stain the crate

Before interlocking all the inserts, paint or stain the beverage crate for a customized look. The pictured beverage crate was stained with Varathane wood stain in Kona and then coated with Varathane polyurethane in Clear Satin. Paint the stain on and then immediately wipe off with a sponge. Let stain dry and finish with a coat of the Clear Satin polyurethane.

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