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A bit of background. I go to town almost daily, and usually get a cup of coffee to bring back home. Sometimes I also stop at the local KFC and get a mashed potato bowl, because I'm too lazy to fix something to eat at home. You can get the bowl for about $5, but they've got some loopy deal where you spend one cent more and you also get a chocolate cookie and a large drink. I'm not stupid, I spend the extra cent. Now that means two drinks, and a food bag to take into the house, and manage my cane. Well, that's no biggie, grab the bag, cradle the two drinks in the crook of my arm, the cane in the other hand, and proceed. However, and there is almost always a however, law of the universe or something.

The however in this case is, at times I stop at the grocery, or some other place, and that means I have more things to carry at one time. Too often doesn't turn out well for the drinks. I did buy a couple of cloth bags at the grocery that make carrying things to the house much easier. But that doesn't always mean the drinks make it too. And, no two trips is usually not in the agenda as my joints sometimes don't like a lot of walking, so one trip it is, and leave any extras for the next outing.

What I'm thinking is, make a holder for the two drinks (would still take just one), that will slip over one of the bag handles. No danger of crushing or dropping cups then. Or, maybe just make a double holder that I could just put inside the bag.

I've got no problem coming up with a design for this. It's not rocket science after all, just glue pieces of wood together. But, I don't want to reinvent the wheel. So, I'm wondering if there are any designs for such a device out there that might work out better than anything I've come up with so far. And, no I don't have a finished design for any of this, I figure when I start on it, I'll just wing it as I go along, and come up with something that will do what I want. That's what I call Zen woodworking.

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Remember the wire caddies the milkman used back when it was glass bottles and he went door to door?

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I think you need to go shopping a buy a thermos bottle. Then pour your coffee into it and secure the lid. Chunk it in your bag. It's not wood or pretty, but it would be functional.

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EDIT: Now that I am fully awake, what I meant to say is buy a couple of insulated glasses with lids that will prevent spillage. After all one of your priorities is spill prevention. The other is being able to carry everything.

I have several different types of "glasses" that range from 12 oz to 20 ounces capacity. My thinking is pick then size you prefer and build your drink holder accordingly if you still want that feature. The screw on Thermos style has a cap that will prevent leaks. The insulated style glasses usually have a sliding type access so you can sip and drive.

If you have a place you frequent, you could probably have the waiter/waitress fill your cup for you. Otherwise, just pour it into your insulated thingie and throw the cup away.

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Maybe you could incorporate a luggage cart for those trips when you buy groceries or other stuff. Stack you bags on the cart, mount your drink holder on the handle, and pull it into the house.

Is that feasible? Do you have access to a ramp or would you just have to pull it over the porch steps and door stoop?

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Yep, remember the home delivered milk well. And hated it because when the cream was taken off the top, there were always little chunks left, and they tasted horrible.

Now where is the fun in buying? Not buying anything, it'll be made out of 1/2" plywood, because that's what I have most of on hand. It'll wind up something along these lines, but different, and a bit ruder and cruder, but very workable.
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