How to build a potato storage box

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How to build a potato storage box
A storage bin keeps potatoes fresh. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Making a wooden potato storage bin at home is a way to keep potatoes easily available and fresh throughout the year. Storing potatoes in a cool, dark location will help to keep them from sprouting or going bad, and a homemade storage bin can add rustic charm to any kitchen. Building a storage bin for potatoes requires only basic tools and carpentry skills, but the completed bin can be used to hold potatoes for years.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 4 boards, 5 cm (2 inches) thick by 30 cm (1 foot) wide by 60 cm (2 feet) long
  • 7.5 cm (3 inch) nails
  • Hammer
  • 5 cm (2 inch) screws
  • Hinge
  • Screwdriver
  • 2 boards, 5 cm (2 inches) thick by 30 cm (1 foot) wide by 30 cm (1 foot) long

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Line the 5 cm (2 inch) edge of one 60 cm (2 foot) long board with the face of a second board. Line the boards up so they form a flush right angle to begin forming the frame of your potato storage box.

  2. 2

    Attach the two boards with 7.5 cm (3 inch) nails. Hammer the nails through the face of the second board and into the 5 cm (2 inch) edge of the first. Hammer in one nail every 7.5 cm (3 inches).

  3. 3

    Place a third 60 cm (2 foot) board at the other side of the second board to form a U-shape. Line up the 5 cm (2 inch) edge of the third board with the face of the second board and attach the boards with 7.5 cm (3 inch) nails. Hammer in one nail every 7.5 cm (3 inches).

  4. 4

    Place the fourth board across the open space of the U-shaped structure to close off the frame of the potato box. Hammer in one 7.5 cm (3 inch) nail along both sides of the fourth board to attach it to the 5 cm (2 inch) edges of the first and third boards.

  5. 5

    Put one of the 30 cm by 30 cm (1 foot by 1 foot) boards at the open bottom portion of the potato bin frame. Hammer in one nail every 7.5 cm (3 inches) around all four sides of the potato box to give it a bottom. Hammer the nails through the face of the 30 cm (1 foot) board and into the 5 cm (2 inch) edges of the frame.

  6. 6

    Use a screwdriver and 5 cm (2 inch) wood screws to attach a hinge to one of the 5 cm (2 inch) edges at the top of the potato storage box. This will provide a place for the lid of the bin and make it easy to access potatoes.

  7. 7

    Attach the remaining 30 cm by 30 cm (1 foot by 1 foot) board to the hinge with 5 cm (2 inch) wood screws to complete the potato storage box.

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