Welcome to Make Something
with me. David Picciuto. Today I'm going to show you how to make
this beer caddy with only two power tools, a jigsaw and a drill. This makes for a great father's day
gift and there's also a great way to get started in Woodworking. Today's
video is sponsored by Squarespace. You guys remember Eric, the old
camera man before Dan was here. It's right there. Hang on. Wait. Okay. He left to be a
producer for local TV staion. My name's Eric and recently he asked me
to make a beer tote for his television show.
On this episode of 419 by Design, we'll pull out some scraps from the
woodpile and make this cool flag, all that and more on this episode
of 419 by design for today, we are going to make a simple beer tote, which can be a great father's
day gift with only a jigsaw and a drill. You don't need a
lot of tools for this. It's a really simple and easy project, no complicated joinery and we're just
using some simple half inch plywood from the home center.
First thing we need to do is draw in our
four pieces and then we're going to cut it out with the jigsaw.
Here is a great tip. Get some two inch thick foam insulation
from your home center and set that on your work surface and you can set your
piece of plywood on top of that and now you won't cut into your work surface. You don't have to worry about it
hanging over the side of your bench.
This is a great way to
get a nice clean cut. I am going to cut just outside the
line but as close to the line as I can so I can then stand down to that
line and get a nice clean line, nice and slow. Take your
time, don't rush it. Let the jigsaw pull its way
through. Don't force it. Another quick tip is don't
grip the jigsaw really tight. A lot of times when you're using a tool
for the first time or your new tool tool, you'll just, you'll
tense up and you'll, you'll get a firm grip on
there and you want a safe grip, but you also want to keep loose so you
can let the jigsaw do the work and you can control it down a straight line.
We have our two pieces cut here along
the one edge is the factory edge of the plywood, so I'm going to
use that as reference. I'm going to use some double sided tape
to temporarily tape them together and then we can sand the other edges
to the line that we drew on there. A hot tip is to take some
sandpaper, some sprayed adheasive and adhere that to a sheet of plywood
that's nice and flat and then we can take our board and
sand down to the line. So we have our two pieces
all sanded, nice and square. They're still double-sided, taped together and I'm going to Mark
a hole where the handle is going to be and then we're going to drill that out. So I have my boards clamped down
to my bench underneath the boards. Is a sacrificial piece of plywood.
So I don't drill into my bench. I have a 5/8" Forstner bit. And my drill, this is kind of a big hole to drill
by hands and just take your time, let the bit do the work.
So I drew a couple marks on the bottom
and the top here and I'm going to connect those lines and this is
going to be the taper. for the tote that we will
cut out with the jigsaw. So a lot of times when you're
cutting against the grain, especially with plywood, using a jigsaw, you're going to get a little bit of
tear out on the line cause that blade is pulling those fibers out. And that plywood has a very
thin sheet of veneer on the top. So to help eliminate that, we're just going to use some masking tape right over our line, which means we
have to draw our lines again. I um, I realized that a half second
before. Yeah. So you know, planning is really important
in woodworking and in life.
I'm just going to do
both sides just to be safe. Woodworkers love overkill, so we
have our lines redrawn on there. Again, we're going to cut with the jigsaw with
the foam insulation underneath and we're going to cut just outside the
line so we can say in to the line. Got that all cut and sanded.
We can remove our tape, nice clean cut along there and now
we can finally separate our pieces. So now we just need to cut the front
and back again with the plywood and the jigsaw. Now we have our four pieces
all cut with the jigsaw.
Typically I would take these two side
pieces and I would take it over to the table saw and cut a little groove
in here to hold a plywood bottom. Since we're trying to avoid bigger
tools today I'm just going to cut a thin strip out of this half inch plywood and
glue it on the bottom to create a little lip. I drew a line and we're
going to cut out I thin strip. There's no support on the right side. So if you take another piece of plywood
that's going to give you the support that you need. So now we have our nice little thin strip. I'm not even going to
worry about sanding this, I'm just going to cut
it to length and then glue it on there. Now we're
just using some CA glue, which is super glue and
this dries really fast. I'm going to show you a hot tip
on how to use this as a clamp. Wood glue is much stronger than CA
glue, but CA glue dries really fast.
So if I use both of them, I'll get a strong and fast joint. Just glue that on there like so. Same with this one. The wood glue would take
about an hour to dry, but that CA glue will set
in about five minutes. So we have that little lip in there. Now
we're going to glue on the two sides, like so. And same thing. I'm going to use the CA glue and the
wood glue trick so it dries fast. But we're also going to clamp
it together with some tape. We want this joint to be
a little bit stronger. So we're going to use the tape as a
clamp and let that dry just a little bit longer because we have to drill in some
reinforcement holes in a little bit and we want that joint to be nice and solid. And I'm just being careful to not get
glue all over places where I don't want glue. Get that lined up just right.
Do one corner at a time. Put some tape on there and then
just kind of stretch it over.
If you have clamps, of course that's going to be
easier if you don't have clamps. Painter's tape works great. So now we're going to take a 1/8 inch
piece of plywood and cut it to fit. So it sits inside there. This is 1/8 inch plywood that
you can get from the home center. And then once again, just going
to cut this out with the jigsaw. This should drop right in. If it's a little too big. You can sand it.
So I'm just going to glue that in place by putting a little bit
of glue on that lip. So a little bit in there and
then we'll just drop this into place. I've already made a mistake. Typically when I glue this
whole assembly together, I want to have the handle in there.
This dowel from the home
center will actually slide
in through there without any issues cause it's a little bit smaller
than the hole so I won't have a problem gluing this in. Sometimes the dowel is going to be the
exact size of the hole and you're not going to be able to pound that in there
so maybe you could sand that in there or do it properly by gluing it
When you do all of this, I'm going to stick this in there, mark my line and then cut this. So now we're just going to throw a little
bit of a little bit of glue on there. We'll let that dry. We are going to reinforce these joints
with dowel because right now this isn't very strong. If you drop this,
it could potentially fall apart. So if I drill a quarter inch hole and
stick a quarter inch dowel in there, that's going to reinforce that
and make it nice and strong. I have a piece of tape on my drill
bit so I know how far to drill in. And the one thing is you just gotta make
sure you're drilling straight so you don't blow out the side.
So we're just going to eyeball
this and a wish me luck and then we'll do that seven more times. Now that we have all the holes drilled, just going to throw in some wood
glue and then pound in a dowel. And this is a flush trim saw that you
can also get from the home center and we'll just cut that off and repeat. Now we can go ahead and take our
tape off for the bottle divider. I have these three pieces cut and
marked and they're going to overlap. So I'm going to take my jigsaw
and remove this area right here.
Just remember to keep your hands out
of the way. If it doesn't feel safe, it's probably not safe. Clamp
this down if you have to. Getting the tight radius
is a little difficult. I'm going to show you an easy
way to take care of that. back out of the cut and
then do the next line. so we went in at an angle,
we can remove that piece.
Now we can just kind of nibble
at this until that is gone. And it doesn't even have to be perfect
because it's going to be hidden when they overlap like that. So sometimes
I glue these together, sometimes I don't. I just leave
them like this and fall in there like so get in there, get in there. That is looking good. Everything is nice and flush. Before
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is put a coat of finish on there. I'm just using the wipe on Minwax
Polly. It's really easy to use. You just wipe it on and
then you wipe it off. This is probably gonna
take two or three coats. He needed to let it sit a
few hours between each coat, but it's pretty flawless. So the last thing we want to do is pre
drill and screw in a little bottle opener on there there as our little tote.
If you're going to put ice in there, I would get a two part epoxy and coat
the inside that's going to make it waterproof and then as the ice melts it's
not going to leak through or even seep into the wood and ruin that. I
personally have never done that, but that's an option. We only use two power tools
for this a jigsaw and a drill.
You got to make sure you get
the right blade for the jigsaw. You want one that is
for wood, for fine cuts. They give you a nice clean cut on there. Both of these tools are fairly inexpensive
and a great way to get started into woodworking. As you upgrade,
things get much easier and faster. To cut this on a table saw and
a bandsaw speeds up a time, get a random orbit sander. This only takes like a minute to sand
down a great way to dive into woodworking, fairly inexpensive, all materials that
you can get from your home center.
So that wraps it up. If you
want to see Eric's episode, I will have a link down below in the
description so you can go watch that. Eric, I miss having you in the shop. Thank you for recommending Dan as your
replacement. Both very fine fellows. Dan, grab your beer. Good day, Dan. Good day! As always, be safe, have fun, stay
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