DIY Vintage Crate Shelf

Hi! It’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back with another build plan.  I don’t know if it’s just me, but Pinterest has been telling me that I need to get organized.  I’m sure it’s right.  Why not get organized with some cool shelves like this open shelf, these ideas, or a rolling vintage crate shelf.  The inspiration for this plan comes from this unique rolling shelf made from vintage crates.

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If you like to go junking/thrifting and can score some vintage crates, this project becomes very simple.  However with a pallet or two, you can make DIY ‘vintage’ apple crates fairly easily.  If you’re not into building crates, this project can also be done with new store bought crates.

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How to Build a DIY ‘Vintage’ Crate Rolling Shelf

Materials

  • 1 or 2 weathered pallets
  • 1 – 2″x4″ board
  • wood glue
  • 1″ nails/screws
  • 1 1/2″ nails/screws
  • 4 swivel casters
  • 1 – 1″ x 4″ x 8 board – optional

Step 1

Disassemble the pallets and save the pallet slats.  When I disassemble pallets I like to keep the nail holes for added character, but it’s not necessary.  The width of pallet slats vary greatly, I have made this plan using 4 1/2″ and 4″ wide slats.  Adjust the plan according to the width of your pallet slats.

Cut List

Quantity Thickness Width Length Material
12 1/2″ 4 1/2″ 18″ Pallet Slat
12 1/2″ 4 1/2″ 11 1/2″ Pallet Slat
9 1/2″ 4″ 18″ Pallet Slat
12 1 1/2″ 1 1/2″ 9 1/2″ 2×4 cut on a 45

Cut the 2×4 on a 45 deg angle down the length of the board to make the corner supports.  You can easily make this cut with a table saw or circular saw.  Cut the corner supports to 9 1/2″ lengths.

Love the look of vintage crates?  Build DIY 'vintage' crates to make a stacked crate shelf on wheels.

 

Step 2

Use wood glue and 1″ screws or nails and attach 2 of the 11 1/2″ slats to 2 corner supports, repeat to make 6 of these crate ends.

Love the look of vintage crates?  Build DIY 'vintage' crates to make a stacked crate shelf on wheels.

 

Glue and nail or screw 2 of the 4 1/2″ x 18″ slats to each side of the crate ends.

Love the look of vintage crates?  Build DIY 'vintage' crates to make a stacked crate shelf on wheels.

Turn the crate upside down and glue and nail/screw 3 of the 4″ x 18″ slats to each crate bottom.

Love the look of vintage crates?  Build DIY 'vintage' crates to make a stacked crate shelf on wheels.Love the look of vintage crates?  Build DIY 'vintage' crates to make a stacked crate shelf on wheels.

 

Step 3

If your crate wood is not in great shape, you may want to consider attaching/screwing the swivel casters to 1″x 4″ x 10″ boards first, then glue and nail/screw the 1″ x 4″ boards to the side of a crate. Love the look of vintage crates?  Build DIY 'vintage' crates to make a stacked crate shelf on wheels.

Otherwise attach/screw the swivel casters to the side of one crate, in the 4 corners.

Love the look of vintage crates?  Build DIY 'vintage' crates to make a stacked crate shelf on wheels.

Step 4

Apply glue to the new ‘top’ of the crate with casters.  Place another crate side onto the glue and nail or screw (1 1/2″ min length) the 2 crates together.  Try and get the nail/screw through the one crate into the other crate’s corner support for a solid attachment.  Repeat for the middle and the top crate.

Love the look of vintage crates?  Build DIY 'vintage' crates to make a stacked crate shelf on wheels.

Yay for movable storage shelves.

Love the look of vintage crates?  Build DIY 'vintage' crates to make a stacked crate shelf on wheels. @Remodelaholic

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