About a year ago I decided to enroll in an adult woodworking class. I didn’t really learn much from middle school shop. In fact this is how I would paraphrase my memory of middle school shop class “All of these machines will cause dismemberment … and now we’ll be using them to build bird houses!”
Asking me to sacrifice my digits so I can build something that invites birds to crap all over my deck just didn’t draw me in. As result I was lacking the manly skills needed to build anything that wasn’t manufactured by Ikea.
The adult class had one major upgrade over middle school shop. You could build anything you wanted. Having all the shop’s tools, planer, jointer, table saw, wood lathe, etc. was a fantastic opportunity . Among the 15 or so students the project list was impressive – tables, workbenches, new dressers, picture frames, and a special wedding bench . Wow, Just think, I could have made all sorts useful stuff?
Instructor – Q: So Kyle, what’s your wood shop project?
Me – A: A WOODEN SIX PACK CARRIER MADE FROM OLD HOCKEY STICKS! HOCKEY SIXER BABY!
Come on now, you knew where this was going. The only thing that’s changed since I was 12 years old skating all day on the pond, and loving it, is that I also love a good beer. Why not combine the best of both worlds?
Now rest assured almost none of you will need a wood shop class to make this. Just some old sticks, a couple hours, and a nice assortment of tasty brews.
Let’s end the summer the right way, by building some HOCKEY SIXERS. Follow along below for the dirty details! And once you have your’s built send the pics to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll post a DIY gallery. The maker of the best new HOCKEY SIXER will win a PUCK OFF.
Now here’s the big giveaway. Register below to win a free PHBC crafted HOCKEY SIXER. We’ll take entries up until the opening day of the NHL season (October 8th)!
HOCKEY SIXER GIVE AWAY
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HOCKEY SIXER DIY INSTRUCTIONS:
Step #1: Cut a piece of wood to the dimensions shown in the picture. I use soft pine because it’s easy to nail into and absorbs stain well, but you can use any sturdy piece of wood you choose. This will be the floor of your Sixer.
Step #2: Cut your side panels to the dimensions pictured here.
Optional step: If you want a nice antique looking stain that creates a vintage quality follows these instructions on how to make one using steel wool and vinegar – http://www.wikihow.com/Age-Wood-With-Vinegar-and-Steel-Wool . You may want to do this first since it will take the steel wool and vinegar a few days to interact.
Step #3: Cut up your old sticks. You will need about 3 to 4 old wooden hockey sticks depending on how much lumber you have left in them. Cut 8 pieces to 11″, 3 pieces to 9.5″, and 4 pieces to 6.5″.
Warning: The second time I built a Hockey Sixer I tried to economize my lumber by splitting (or ripping) the stick pieces on a table saw. This did not work out well. The fiberglass wrapping on the sticks frayed and created a splintery mess.
Step #4: Position two of the 6.5″ stick pieces on the base, matching the width, so they divide the base into three equal quadrants. I can’t provide the exact measurements to position them because hockey sticks vary in width from one style to another. Divide the base into three equal portions, using the sticks the best you can. Glue the sticks into place, and then check yourself using some fat bottomed beer bottles (Sierra Nevada style bottles). Once you have your sticks in the right place, nail them to the base.
Step#5: Nail the side panels to the base as pictured. Then take two of the 9.5″ stick pieces and lay them on their sides against each other, on top of the bottom pieces you just nailed in. Position them running the length of the base, creating 6 equal quadrants on your base. Next nail your other 6.5″ stick pieces into position on the top of your 9.5″ stick pieces. Use the measurements from the bottom pieces of your Sixer, and position these top pieces adjacent to the bottom pieces as shown in the picture .
Step #6: Position your handle, remaining 9.5″ stick piece, as shown in the picture, against the side panels and nail it into place.
Step #7: Position your 11″ stick pieces along the outside of the Sixer, starting from the bottom, and nail them into place. Make sure to nail the pieces that meet the inner stick partitions to the partitions.
Step #8: Fill your Hockey Sixer with tasty beverages, show it off, and Enjoy!
By Kyle Jordan