Saturday, July 14, 2012

Create a Crate

I love crates and decided to make one out of old fence boards.
I don't have a tutorial to show, but the construction is fairly simple.  I cut the boards--6 the same size for the long sides and the bottom and 4 shorter ones for the ends.
I realized halfway through construction that I was going to have to find a way to connect them all--running the end boards vertically helped that.  I needed to use a smaller piece of wood ( a fence piece cut in half) on the inside of the end pieces to keep it all secure and solid.  Sorry, the back of this picture is a little blurry, but you can see the board across the front here too.
 I added some paint and stain,
and one of my favorite labels from a clipart CD I got several years ago.
I also added belt piece handles.
I am usually not too excited about reproduction things--but the old wood on this helped to give it a great vintage quality and it is more solid than most old crates which makes it useable.


  1. becky--this is so funny--as I was making a knockoff of one of your caddy's I was thinking to myself...I need to make one "two boards high". Great minds think alike!
    Love your crate, and you know what I think about using belts as handles--genius!

  2. Love the red and using old belts for handles is a great idea!

  3. Becky from one crate and box lover to another... you did a great job on this. I like the size and that you used double fence boards on each side.. it looks great!

  4. Becky, you are making me want to learn how to build things. I just know I'm the kind of girl who will but her hand off with a skill saw, so I kind of stay away from them. Love what you did, though! ~ Maureen

  5. I love it! It's a great looking and easy project. Love the handles.


  6. This is one gorgeous red crate!! Still looks fab, after 2 years. Do you remember what the name was of the red paint that you used? I am assuming you used red paint and then a very dark stain? Thank you!


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