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Don’t risk breaking any bottles next time you carry beer to a party. Now you can make your own 6 Packer, a laser cuttable six pack carrier designed by Thingiverse user timogiles. Since it’s designed in OpenSCAD, an open source parametric 3D modeling program, you can easily change the material thickness, bottle diameter, fastener size, and hand grip size and cut a 6 Packer to your own specifications. [via Pete Prodoehl]

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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  1. if you replaced the uprights with heavy cord you would have a design that would fold flat to the size of a magazine that would fit in a coat pocket when empty. but a nice elegant design.

  2. stuckintampa says:

    Hello folks.
    I’m new and I’d like to thank you all for your wonderful ideas, pictures, and interests.
    Is this for woodworking ideas and sharing ideas?
    I’m not exactly sure what I just sighed up for. Ha ha I saw this wonderful wooden 6 pack carrier and just had to join. I didn’t find where to find the blue prints either. can someone help me?
    Thank you everyone and may you all be blessed in every way.
    Tony
    Tampa Fla

    1. David Dean says:

      Hi Tony.

      It looks like the design for this one (do you have a laser cutter?) is right here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:16290

      You can normally find what the blog is talking about right after the blurb, where it says
      via: [link]“. And yes there are often cool woodworking projects featured here.

      - Dave

      1. stuckintampa says:

        Thank you Dave;
        No I do not have a laser cutter although that would rally be nice. I live an a very, very small apartment with a small 4×4 screened in patio. Everything I do is very cramped so all my work is hand tools only. I haven’t any room for any machinery. I do have a scroll saw but most of my work is cut with either a buck saw or a coping saw. I do have a wood lath that stands in the corner when not in use. it’s so cramped that I have to pratley empty the area to get the lath out in the yard to use as my neighbors stair at me.
        so these little projects are attractive to me.
        I do hope to one day have the space to have a cutter like that, and the money..

  3. But what is everyone else going to drink?

    1. Fizzy yellow alcoholic water in a can, of course!

  4. jkster107 says:

    Let me know when you guys find a version that people with saws and drills can Make:

    Lasers are a bit out of my price range. ;)

    1. porternicholas says:

      I wish MAKE would stop assuming that everyone has a laser cutter.

      1. Matt Richardson says:

        It’s certainly not an assumption that we make. But with the proliferation of hackerspaces and places like TechShop across the country, more people have access to these awesome tools than ever before.

      2. Sara Gould says:

        I do have a laser, but use scrollsaw patterns often, so just get yourself a scrollsaw and have at. :)

    2. Ron Hinton says:

      Should be fairly simple to make a similar holder in wood if you’re inclined to use normal tools. Pick a hole saw a little bigger than your bottle diameter, stencil it out with a little space around it’s edges six times, cut the holes out, then cut your outer edge out. Putting two roughly sized blanks together as you cut the holes and edges would ensure a perfect matched pair, then cut one more out without holes for the bottom, drill out holes for the handle and a line of holes in the middle of the three main pieces the same size as the thickness of the wood (a little smaller to make sure it’s a good fit) and file the spaces between the holes into the a long slit for the handle piece. For the four outter edge pieces you could make them nicely jointed like the laser cut one, or make it a simpler notch joint. I’d personally rather glue the whole thing together than use the more usual notch with a nut and screw that laser cut stuff usually has, but it’s more personal preference.

    3. You could print out the files, use them as a template and cut out the panels with a Rotozip, router (with a small bit) or similar tool. You’d just have to account for the tool size; you might also need to do a little clean up for square cuts with your coping saw.

      Not the easiest thing in the world, true, but it’s basically just cutting wood.

      Of course, someone needs to make a version for a 3D printer……;^)

  5. Dr_No says:

    How about an integrated bottle opener?

  6. Josh Holtrop says:

    You can also make one out of an old erector set:

    https://plus.google.com/102446599215741627796/posts/Nc8fCxJU4EP

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