How to Build a Wooden Vegetable Crate

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How to Build a Wooden Vegetable Crate
You can custom build your own wooden vegetable crate to fit the size of your shipment. (pumpkins in a crate image by Alexey Stiop from

Shipping your produce requires special protection to ensure the arrival of fresh, undamaged vegetables. A wooden vegetable crate is the proper way to ship your produce. Crate design must include security and ventilation. Building your own crate ensures that your produce will be as protected as possible and that you can adjust your design to fit the size of your shipment.

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Things you need

  • 8 boards (2 inches by 2 inches by 48 inches, or 2 x 2 x 48)
  • Mitre saw
  • Drill with Phillips bit
  • Galvanised deck screws, 1 1/2 inches
  • 48 boards (1 inch by 4 inches by 24 inches, or 1 x 4 x 24)
  • Vegetables
  • Straw

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  1. 1

    Cut your 2 x 2 x 48 inch boards with your mitre saw. Cut four of the boards in half, giving you eight boards that measure 2 x 2 x 24 inches. Cut the remaining 2 x 2 x 48 inch boards to a length of 36 inches, giving you four boards that are each three feet long.

  2. 2

    Lay out two of the long two inch boards with two of the short boards to form a rectangle. Place the short boards between each end of the longer boards. Fasten the rectangular frame by running a screw through the side of the long board and into the end of the short board at each corner. Lay out a second set of boards and fasten them together to make another rectangle.

  3. 3

    Place one of your remaining short two inch boards on its end in one corner of a rectangle and fasten it to the long and the short boards in that corner with a screw from each side. Continue around the rectangle, fastening the vertical posts into each corner. Flip the whole frame over into the second rectangle and fasten the completed frame with a screw through each side of each corner into the corner posts.

  4. 4

    Fasten 1 x 4 x 24 inch boards across the frame to close in the crate by attaching each end of the board to your frame with two screws on each end of each board. Leave a half-inch gap between the boards to allow for air flow to keep your vegetables fresh. Leave the top open until you pack the crate with vegetables and straw to protect your produce during transportation.

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