Bot­tle Caddy

Need a gift idea? You can build this hand­some caddy for ev­ery­one on your list.

The Family Handyman - - CONTENTS - By Des Sikowski-Nel­son

Our whole fam­ily—fa­ther Val, son Aaron and daugh­ter Des—got in­volved in the build­ing of th­ese cad­dies. We used re­claimed lum­ber from a 100-year-old barn in Wis­con­sin. But you can select any type of wood avail­able at your lo­cal home cen­ter. It took us three days in the shop to trans­form that gor­geous barn wood into 20 hand­some cad­dies. Each one holds eight long­neck bot­tles or six her­itage bot­tles, which have fat­ter bot­toms. Along with a plan for the caddy and a list of ma­te­ri­als, we show a cou­ple of jigs to help stream­line the process so you can build a bunch of th­ese at the same time.

A FAM­ILY THAT BUILDS TO­GETHER

Aaron, a pro wood­worker for 41 years, and Val have been work­ing to­gether on spe­cial projects for more than 30 years.

GET DAD’S HELP

Here’s 91-year-old Val stack­ing the parts after the an­gles were cut. Thanks, Dad!

IT ALL STARTS WITH AN IDEA

Re­cently Des and Aaron de­signed and built sev­eral mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing cigar box and lap steel guitars.

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