DIY Wood Crate


A few years ago my wife heard the school librarian complain about the crate she was using to hold books; the crate kept falling apart, and she had to buy a new one every year. My wife thought I could make a crate that would hold up better, so she volunteered me to make a new crate for the library. I love the library (and my wife), so how could I refuse.
The crate I made for the library has held up very well. I have been told that kids drag the crate, sit on top of the crate, and sometimes even sit in the crate. This past summer I was asked to make another crate to match the first one.
I used 1x12 to make the sides of the crate and 1x6 to make the bottom.
I attached the sides of the crate using pocket holes.
I attached the bottom pieces by using countersink screws.
I used Rust-Oleum Kona stain with a matte polyurethane finish. Then I attached cabinet pulls.
Now the library has two crates. I hope they hold up well for years to come. I really like them, and I may have to make one for my home one day.
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1 question
  • Valerie
    on Nov 7, 2015

    I love the way this turned out, but am curious to know why three separate pieces of wood were used for the base?

    • Valerie
      on Nov 8, 2015

      @Erik Bennett That makes sense - thanks for getting back to me - I appreciate it.

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