DIY Beer Flight Caddy

15 Materials
8 Hours

My husband loves getting beer flights when we go out to restaurants and he decided he'd like to see if he could make some for gifts. So this project was all his doing. He created the pattern, bought, cut, stained and assembled the wood and said it's probably a mid level skill project.
He used two pieces of pine wood. One 1x6x6 and one 1x8x6 wood but the thickness comes as 3/4" so he planed the wood down to 1/2". This photo shows the difference before and after planing.
Similar to using a pattern for making an outfit you'll lay the pattern pieces out on the wood to see where they fit best. The next step would be to trace them with pencil onto the wood so you can cut the rough shapes out with a miter saw and a table saw.
You can make your own patterns or get the patterns he created here #1 --- PATTERN LINK------ AND ALSO #2 ---PATTERN LINK----
NOTE: The two PDF sheets include all the pattern pieces needed to make a caddy. Each needs to be printed on 11x17 paper to be the right size for your caddy. Staples is one of the places that can print in this size.
You can see the pencil lines here from tracing the patterns.
The Ryobi Scroll Saw cuts the pieces of wood into the right shapes.
Above you can see the bottom paddle has small holes- this is from using a center punch based on the pattern spacing. This helps you get the circles cut as seen in the top paddle. You use a 1-3/4" Forstner Bits to cut the circles for the flight paddles. A 1/4" Router Bit was used to smooth the paddle edges for a finished look. That is both top and bottom edges of the board and including the center paddle circles.
This shows the pattern pieces on the left which created the cut wood on the right before staining or assembling.
Make sure everything fits together before staining and nailing. So far so good!
Once the parts have been sanded to smooth any rough edges the wood was wiped down and stained. He actually made two caddys and one was a darker stain and the other a lighter stain. You can glue and nail but optionally it's possible to just nail it. Here you can see he glued and clamped this one before nailing with a brad nailer.
I found these cool little 4 oz glasses perfect for flight paddles on Amazon. They stack easily to put into the caddy and are shatterproof plastic. They are "disposable" but actually wash up nicely for repeated use.
Each caddy will require 6 of these glasses because each caddy has two paddles.
One side of the caddy will need one of these cast iron bottle openers.
Here you can see the two caddys he made. Each has a bottle opener at one end, two paddles at the other end and 6 bottles and 6 stacked glasses in the center of each caddy.
Backyard beer tasting with a buddy!
So whether you make one for yourself or as a gift these are really great looking! Each one has about $3 in wood, $3 for a bottle opener, $4 for 6 glasses.
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