In under an hour, you can make a stylish produce crate. Not only is it easy, it costs about $30 for the materials, not including the tools. It’s a place to store all your freshly picked garden peppers, tomatoes and more.
Using a tape measure and pencil, measure and mark all the wood pieces. Measure the 1″ x 2″ x 8′ board into four 19″ L sections and the project panel into one 18″ x 11 7/8″ section.
Cut the 1″ x 2″ x 8′ board into four 19″ L sections for the side legs. Then you will cut the 2′ x 4′ project panel into one 18″ x 11 7/8″ section to be used as a crate bottom. Cut two 4 3/4″ x 6″ sections from the 2′ x 4′ project panel for the chalkboard signs.
Using a small crowbar or the claw side of a hammer, carefully pry the five stapled slats form the bottom of the large wood crate, being careful not to damage them as they will be reattached later. Use a hammer to remove the staples.
Next, you will cut the crate in half. Using a jig saw, cut the large crate horizontally in half in between the two middle slats, being careful not to cut any of the slats. The cut should be approximately 4 1/4″ up from the bottom of the crate.
Once cut, you will have two bottomless half crates, one with handles and one without. Continuing with the jig saw, cut any overhang from the solid end pieces so that the end pieces are flush with the slats.
Now you will attach the crate bottoms and side board legs. Reattach the five slats you removed to the bottom of the crate half with handles using the heavy-duty stapler. This will be the upper crate of the produce holder.
Take the half of the crate without handles and attach the 18″ x 11 7/8″ rectangle piece cut from the 2′ x 4′ project panel board using the heavy-duty stapler. This will be the lower crate of the produce holder.
Paint chalkboard signs with chalkboard paint. You can also paint or stain all cut wood pieces and wood crate prior to assembly.
TIP: Sand the rough edges of the cut wood before painting or staining.
Continue attaching the crate bottoms and side board legs. Using the heavy-duty stapler, first attach the four 19″ side board legs to the outside of the two solid ends of the upper crate, using two legs on each solid end. Be sure the legs are flush with the top and sides of the crate.
Next, measure 3″ up from the bottom of the four side board legs and make a mark. Align the bottom of the lower crate with the 3″ mark on the legs and attach the legs to the outside of the two solid ends of the lower crate, making sure to keep the legs flush with the sides of the lower.
TIP: Use clamps and a level to help keep the crates level while stapling the legs.
To finish the project, attach the chalkboard signs centered horizontally on the slatted sides of each crate using wood glue and clamps.
All you need to do now is store fresh fruits and veggies in your DIY crate.
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