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How to Build an Antique Wood Crate
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- 1- 5/8” x 5 1/2” x 6′ cedar fence picket
- 1- 5/8″ x 3 1/2” x 6′ cedar fence picket
- 1- 1” round wood dowel
- 1 1/2” finish nails
- Nail gun
- miter saw or circular saw
- wood glue
- stain/paint for desired finish
Note: The two fence pickets and one 48″ dowel will build one crate with a lot leftover, so if you pick up a second 5 1/2″ cedar fence picket, you can build two of these wood crates for around $12 (with some scrap leftover) depending on lumber prices in your area. One to keep, one to give away!
- 2- 5/8” x 5 1/2” x 13” Tall Sides (see below for jigsaw cuts)
- 1- 5/8” x 5 1/2” x 15” Bottom
- 2- 5/8” x 3 1/2” x 16” Long Sides
- 1- 1” dowel cut to 15” Handle
Step 1: Gather and cut wood
Here are my boards, ready for cutting, I used this old curtain rod I had gotten somewhere for free for the handle. I love to repurpose! You could used old fence boards too instead of buying them new.
When you cut your bottom piece use it as a guide of how long to cut the handle or dowel. They need to be the same length.
Once all your boards are cut you are ready to give this crate it's unique look, by using a jigsaw to cut the tall side shape.
Step 2: Mark your tall side pieces for cutting.
Use one of the 3 1/2” wide long side boards to mark the bottom part of a tall side piece (top left) which makes the mark at 3 1/2” up from the bottom. Then mark center on the top of your board and draw the shape of your dowel (top right), draw 2 straight lines down from the dowel marks to your first line. This should be 1” wide or the width or your dowel. Using a plate or bowl as a guide, trace a semi circle from the bottom line to connect to the straight lines you drew (bottom photos). You only need to draw this pattern onto one of the tall side boards.
Step 3: Cut tall sides with a jigsaw.
Using a jigsaw cut out the tall side board you marked. Once it is cut trace it's shape onto your other tall side board, then cut it out with your jigsaw.
Step 4: Sand your pieces.
After getting all the pieces cut sand them smooth and remove any sharp edges.
Step 5: Attach tall sides to bottom piece and add handle.
Using wood glue and 1 1/2” finish nails attach the two tall sides to the bottom piece with your nail gun. Then nail the handle in place at the top of your sides.