How to Make a Wood Crate

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How to Make a Wood Crate
A wooden crate is basically a box. (crate image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com)

A wooden crate is basically a wooden box used particularly for storage purposes. Wooden crates can be nothing more than a basic box or can also be slightly more complex with handles and other such useful features. The kind of crate you make, the size you make it, and the type of wood you use will all depend largely on how you plan to use the crate and what you plan on storing in it.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 12-by-6-inch plywood boards (12)
  • 12-by-1-inch plywood boards (12)
  • Wood glue
  • Staple gun

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut 12 plywood boards so that they are each 12 inches long by 6 inches wide.

  2. 2

    Cut 12 plywood boards so that they are each 12 inches long by 1 inch wide.

  3. 3

    Place two 12-by-6 boards side by side so that the two 12-inch sides meet, then place two 12-by-1 boards so that the 12-inch sides are perpendicular to the 12-inch sides of the 12-by-6s. The 12-by-1s should be 1 inch from either edge of the 12-by-6s. Attach them using wood glue and a staple gun. These will be the crate panels. Repeat this step with the remaining plywood boards until you have six of these panels.

  4. 4

    Place the bottom panel so that the two 12-by-1s are on the bottom of the piece, then place the side panel so that the two 12-by-1s are facing into the crate. The side piece should be at a 90 degree angle from the bottom crate. Attach the pieces using the staple gun to drive staples from the bottom of the bottom panel in through the side of the 12 x 1 pieces of the side panel. Repeat this step with another side panel directly across from the first one.

  5. 5

    Attach another side panel to the structure built in Step 4. This panel should be placed so that the 12-by-1s are facing out from the box. To attach the piece, drive a staple from the face of the panel into the side of the 12-by-1s of the side panels previously attached. Repeat this step with another side panel on the fourth side.

  6. 6

    Place the last remaining panel over the opening of the crate; this will be the lid of the crate. The lid need not be attached.

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