Hey all you Remodelaholics! It’s Corey from Sawdust 2 Stitches. I have a tutorial that could really be an ace up your sleeve. This is the perfect all-purpose festive gift, no matter what the occasion.
- Father’s Day
- Teacher Gift
- Mother’s Day
- Graduation Gift
No matter what the use or the occasion, I have got you covered! I actually created this specifically for Teacher Appreciation gifts for my son’s teachers. He had three teachers, so I configured the plans so that it would actually make each unit cheaper if you make them in multiples! So make one for your Dad for Father’s day, and one for your Husband, maybe one for you to keep, or a craft organizer for the kids, or a utensil caddy for the kitchen counter, or an aesthetically pleasing planter, or… you get the idea.
So, let’s dive in…
How to Build a Versatile Wooden Caddy
- Miter Saw
- Nail gun/Compressor
- Tape Measure
- Drill with bits ( Size bits will vary)
- 1×6″= (2) cut @ 11″ ( Additional cuts will be required, see instructions below.)
- 1×6″= (1) cut @ 10″
- 1×2″= (4) cut @ 11.5″
- 1/2 x 4″ = (3) cut @ 3″
- 1/2 x 4″ = (2) cut @5.5″
- Wood Glue
- 1.5″ Nails
- Handle (Varies dependent on look desired.)
- Stain or paint finish.
To make 3: Approx : $7.00 a piece
(It is cheaper when you make 3)
- 1×6″ (8′) x1
- 1×2″ (8′) x2
- .5×4″ (3′) x2
To make 1 : Approx: $14.00
- 1×6″ (6′) x1
- 1×2″ (8′) x1
- .5×4″ (3′)x1
Let’s begin by making the end caps of the caddy.
At this point you will need to decide what type of handle you would like. You have plenty of options. If you opt for rope, you can drill a hole directly through the board. (Choose a size appropriate diameter.)
If you decide to use a dowel rod, use a coordinating size bit to route out a a circle approximately 1/2″ deep. (You would then cut your handle of choice approximately 11″ long.
If you are using a dowel rod or a conduit rod, you need to place the rod in place before proceeding! I put a dab of glue on each end of the rod to make it a little more stable. Once the handle is in place, then attach the side (with the rod running between them) to the 10″ base.
Using wood glue attach the sides to the base. Then reinforce it with 1.5″ nails.
Attach the side rails to the caddy. Apply a small amount of wood glue to the 1×2″ boards, then reinforce with 1.5″ nails.
(On the models pictured, I did plane down my 1×2’s just a little so that it wouldn’t be as bulky. Not at all necessary, but an option.)
Next step is assembling the grid.
BEFORE assembling the grid, place the pieces in the caddy to ensure they will fit! It is a lot easier to alter before it is glued together! Make any adjustments needed. Once everything is double checked, use wood glue on the joints, and assemble. (If you have the tools, routing a groove would of course be sturdier.) However wood glue works great.
You have done it! The trickiest part of the project may actually be deciding how you want to use your caddy! Check out a few ideas below.
On the above caddy, I used Minwax Jacobean stain, with a piece of electrical conduit as the handle. ( I used a grinder to cut the conduit.) I added the bottle opener for a last finishing touch. I believe they carry them at Hobby Lobby.
For the caddy featured above, and directly below. I used “Driftwood” stain by Rustoleum, and then slightly distressed the edges with 120 grit sandpaper.
For my last one, I used a basic whitewashing technique. ( I use 1 part water, 2 parts paint, and 1 part faux finish medium.)
So go ahead, and start making your Christmas/Birthday/Graduation/housewarming/Baby Shower gift lists! These are perfect to have a few extra on hand! No matter how many you make, they can always be unique and personalized!
Corey with Sawdust 2 Stitches
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