Building a picnic flatware carrier is a
project that can be fun and practical. This
simple, but handy picnic caddy can hold many table needs and will provide years of service. You can build
practically for free with the materials laying around your workshop;
I used some 1x4's left over from a building project plus
a small piece of a 1x8.
(1) 6-foot 1 x 4 for the
(1) 2-foot 1 x 8 for the handle.
(1) 1/4" plywood; 12" x 18" for
the Bottom Panel.
Three 1" screws; Four 1 5/8"
Step 1, Cut the Caddy Base - Select the
1 x 4; with the miter saw set at 45 degrees, cut two pieces @
18 1/2" and two @
8", as shown above. Select 1/4" plywood; reset your
saw to a straight, 90 degrees; cut one piece @ 7 1/4" x 17
1/2", as shown above.
Step 2, Make Dado Cuts - Select the
front, back and two side pieces; setup dado blades @ 1/4";
set blades for 5/16" deep cut; set the fence 1/4 from the
blade; make the four dado cuts along the bottom edges, as
Select the two Side pieces; locate
the center of each; with the same dado settings, adjust the
fence multiple times to remove 3/4" of material from the
center to receive the handle, as shown above.
Step 3, Assemble the Caddy Base - Select the
pieces; with glue and brads, assemble the base, as shown
Step 4, Produce the Caddy Handle - Select the
1 x 8; rip it to six inches; crosscut it to 17 1/2, as shown
above. Layout the cutting angles and the handle hole
to the dimensions as shown above. I used a 1 1/4"
paddle bit; drilled a hole at each end of the grip space; I
used a saber saw to cut out the remaining material. Attach
the handle to the base sides and bottom with 1 1/2" screws
as shown below.
Use a filler
to fill all the screw holes, sand, prime,
and paint/stain to suit; attach some felt pads to the bottom
of the Caddy to protect any table tops; now you are ready to
conveniently set your table.