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DIY Drink Holder


Thriftdiving
Thriftdiving
Thriftdiving
Thriftdiving

Have you ever completed a project that made you want to pump your fist in the air? Well, that’s how I feel about this project! I’m new to using SketchUp but wanted to completed plan this project out from start to finish before even touching the wood! Proper planning saved me hours and hours of headache and ruining materials! (Download it free and watch the free tutorial videos). I also had never used a router (newbie!) or a hole saw, but took my skillz to the next level with this project!

September means football, game-watching parties, and entertaining, so I wanted to create something that could hold up to a 6-pack of drinks (Root Beer in this case!) along with an inside compartment for snacks! It took me a while to put it together, but I did it!

I wanted it to look weathered so I layered Early American stain with Weathered Gray for a weathered look. And I love the way it turned out!!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Cut each of the following pieces with a circular saw, miter saw, or jig saw: Base: 16-1/2” x 12-1/4” 2 long sides: 18” x 5-1/4” 1 tall end: 12-1/4” x 5-1/4” 1 shorter end: 12-1/4” x 4” Divider: 12-14” x 1-3/4” (not shown) Drink holder top: 8-7/8” x 12-3/4” Snack compartment top: 8-1/4” x 12-1/2”

    2. Step: 2

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      Next, you’ll route a ¼” groove 1" down from the top of the two longer sides and the tall end piece. And for decorative purposes I routed a 1/4" groove in the front of the shorter end piece.

    3. Step: 3

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      Use a nailer with 2” nails to secure the body.

    4. Step: 4

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      Use your hole saw attached to your drill to cut out 6 holes for drinks. The 2.5” hole saw will hold glass bottles, but you’ll have to use 3” hole saw if you want to hold bigger cups and glasses.

    5. Step: 5

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      This is where I changed the plan and decided to make the top into 2 pieces instead of just 1 piece. I spaced the holes about 1-1/4" apart. This is what it looks like with the divider. I added grooves with my router (1/4") for the top pieces to slide into.

    6. Step: 6

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      This is the stain I used.

    7. Step: 7

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      Stain with Early American color first, then go over it with Weathered Gray. Wipe off the Weathered Gray to leave a rustic look. Once the inside is stained and all the pieces are stained, use a nailer to secure the divider.

    8. Step: 8

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      Add a wall-mounted bottle opener. I got this one from Amazon for about $6.00.

    9. Step: 9

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      Wipe down with something to protect the wood. I used hemp oil. Once dry, it's ready for drinks and snacks!

Comments (10)


  • What would I build? I would take on all of the small projects around the house that I keep having to ask my father in law to do, because I don't own a power saw! We've lived for 10 years in our house without baseboards on the second floor, so that would be my first project! I'm sure the 12" Ryobi sliding miter saw would help accomplish the job, no problem!
    By Tosa Laurie, on September 3, 2015

  • I bet you could put a plastic liner where the bottles are and put ice in it to keep the drinks cold. Neat Idea! I might try this. Thanks for sharing!
    By mtaylor729, on September 3, 2015

  • I would build an entryway bench with cubbies!! Of course with the hubbies help, but I think we could do it with that amazing saw!!
    By Pinkbubblelady, on September 3, 2015

  • Such a neat project.. What would I do? Add wainscoting in my kitchen.
    By henrysmt, on September 3, 2015

  • I would build a vintage headboard bench, and untold numbers of picture frames for all my unframed art.
    By poordog3, on September 4, 2015

  • this is a great project. Bottles stay in place not rolling around on a tray. LIKE, LIKE,LIKE
    By Right Tools, on September 5, 2015

  • Great project. I would use the miter saw to finish all of the trim in my room addition, baseboards, window trim, chair rail. I also have some projects that would be much easier with sliding miter saw. Would love, love, love it!
    By Renee928, on September 7, 2015

  • Best looking DIY drink holder I've seen! The snack compartment/tray is genius. Thanks for the inspiration. With a mitre saw, I'd build a sofa.
    By qgerms, on September 23, 2015

  • Love it! If I had my very own miter saw, I'd make your awesome drink holder and finally be able to build all of my own canvases!
    By CaraMarie, on September 23, 2015

  • I'll post pictures of mine once my wall mounted bottle opener comes in. I had to order it online. I didn't see any in the stores that I liked.
    By bruceetaylor_1040, on October 6, 2015

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DIY Drink Holder

by Thriftdiving
Aug 24, 2015
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Have you ever completed a project that made you want to pump your fist in the air? Well, that’s how I feel about this project! I’m new to using SketchUp but wanted to completed plan this project out from start to finish before even touching the wood! Proper planning saved me hours and hours of headache and ruining materials! (Download it free and watch the free tutorial videos). I also had never used a router (newbie!) or a hole saw, but took my skillz to the next level with this project! September means football, game-watching parties, and entertaining, so I wanted to create something that could hold up to a 6-pack of drinks (Root Beer in this case!) along with an inside compartment for snacks! It took me a while to put it together, but I did it! I wanted it to look weathered so I layered Early American stain with Weathered Gray for a weathered look. And I love the way it turned out!!

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 54b950ab df24 405e 8aae 73b559b66741

    Cut each of the following pieces with a circular saw, miter saw, or jig saw: Base: 16-1/2” x 12-1/4” 2 long sides: 18” x 5-1/4” 1 tall end: 12-1/4” x 5-1/4” 1 shorter end: 12-1/4” x 4” Divider: 12-14” x 1-3/4” (not shown) Drink holder top: 8-7/8” x 12-3/4” Snack compartment top: 8-1/4” x 12-1/2”

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 59b3cbd0 32b2 43bd 86b1 3f7d1eae7ddd

    Next, you’ll route a ¼” groove 1" down from the top of the two longer sides and the tall end piece. And for decorative purposes I routed a 1/4" groove in the front of the shorter end piece.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge ce33c2ba 6088 45b3 a562 056421716aa7

    Use a nailer with 2” nails to secure the body.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 08e01e78 957a 4bc2 863e 3b0282b61e31

    Use your hole saw attached to your drill to cut out 6 holes for drinks. The 2.5” hole saw will hold glass bottles, but you’ll have to use 3” hole saw if you want to hold bigger cups and glasses.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge f75f38e5 d631 4d45 a464 f5be8d619257

    This is where I changed the plan and decided to make the top into 2 pieces instead of just 1 piece. I spaced the holes about 1-1/4" apart. This is what it looks like with the divider. I added grooves with my router (1/4") for the top pieces to slide into.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 9dc011ca 98f4 4c98 a17e f5538b55338f

    This is the stain I used.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge ec0b2d71 7b15 405c 9380 719cbc328117

    Stain with Early American color first, then go over it with Weathered Gray. Wipe off the Weathered Gray to leave a rustic look. Once the inside is stained and all the pieces are stained, use a nailer to secure the divider.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge a9074f20 856f 4404 96ce 79c5d92cb0b3

    Add a wall-mounted bottle opener. I got this one from Amazon for about $6.00.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 20ac4a57 edbc 4a9c 8568 b3ecd55959ae

    Wipe down with something to protect the wood. I used hemp oil. Once dry, it's ready for drinks and snacks!