This step by step woodworking project is about fruit crate plans. This article features detailed instructions for building sturdy wood crates for your home. You can use the crates to store fruits, vegetables or for decor. We have designed the plans to keep the expenditures under control and to involve the least amount of work possible. It is an ideal project for a beginner as it requires basic tools and just 1×12 and 1×4 lumber. I teamed up with Jack from HowToSpecialist for this project, which means you can see a step by step tutorial here.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the wood crate won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
Projects made from these plans
Fruit crate plans
- A – 2 pieces of 1×12 lumber – 11″ long LEGS
- B – 6 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 16″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 16″ long SHELVES
How to build a wooden crate
The first step of the project is to build the sides for the crate. Use 1×12 lumber for the components. Use a hole drill bit to make the pilot holes and then create the finger holes using a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Cut the bottom slats at the right dimensions. Use 1×4 lumber to build the bottom components. Smooth the cut edges, make sure the components are aligned and insert 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock them together tightly. Add glue to the joints to enhance the rigidity of the crate.
Next, you need to attach the 1×4 slats to the sides of the crate. Make sure the slats are equally-spaced and that the edges are properly aligned. Add glue to the joints and insert 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock everything together tightly.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120 up to 220 grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden storage crate, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
See here how to build this crate step by step. Come see how Jack built this decorative and rustic crate for under 10 $, in just a few hours.
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