Storage Crates

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Project by paxorion posted 11-25-2014 04:03 AM 2721 views 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first 4, in a set of 12 storage crates that my wife requested. The design was inspired by a pinterest (dangerous) find of hers or toy storage that fits into an Ikea Expedit box that I admit buying (before the days of woodworking). She requested I tweak the design so that they will also fit under the non-Ikea console table/buffet we have by our kids play area. The rectangular box shape is sized to fit naturally into both pieces of furniture when rotated 90 degrees.

This project takes the record as the cheapest (I have about $4 in material per crate) and the fastest project that I have been able to design, start, and finish in just about 3 weeks. I chronicled the entire build on one of my blog series (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6). As a quick synopsis:

  • Each crate is made of 1×4 furring strips from Lowes. They were acclimated for about a week, before skip planing to about 5/8 inch and glued up to form the panels.
  • Assembly is just with screws, so that I can assess the viability of the material through the winter months for any damage from expansion and contraction.
  • The finish is with 2 coats of Rustoleum Ultimate Wood Stain and 3 coats of their Polyurethane. I am very pleased with both products.
  • I was told the variation in the boards adds “charm to the project. I’ll take it!

Once spring rolls around, I plan on making the next 8. When that rolls around, I anticipate the next set will use pegs in lieu of screws for fasteners (and I may replace the screws for these 4 too. In the meantime, my wife still needs to decide on the “hardware” for the boxes. Last I heard, she’s leaning on rope. My take, not my responsibility ;-).

-- paxorion

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#1 posted 11-25-2014 02:37 PM

Nice work.

No shame in owning an Expedit. Many Ikea items (incl that one) are cheaper than the raw materials would be to build your own.

I’m starting a project soon to replace ours, but I’ll probably keep the bin concept going and make something like these to go in it.

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