|Project by MT_Stringer||posted 06-22-2015 10:48 PM||1129 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
I finally decided to do something about some of the scrap 2×4’s I have been collecting. Some of them date back to when I built my storage building in 2001 or 2002 (can’t remember the exact date).
Most of the pieces are less than 20 inches with a couple a little longer.
So, I devised a plan. I will make some crates.
Rip ‘em up. Cut ‘em up. Glue and nail ‘em up.
I spent a little while this evening prepping the stock. Some of the pieces were ripped in half giving me two equal pieces 3/4×3 1/2 minus the 1/16th kerf for the ripping blade on the table saw. I made two passes. Make one pass, flip it end for end and make a second pass. The scrap falls away.
For the slats, I set the blade just a little more than 1/4 inch away from the fence. I used a homemade push stick that is 3/4 inch wide. That way I was able to push both pieces past the blade with the stick. The blade was set just proud of the 1 1/2 inch thickness and it made a kerf in the push stick about 1/8 inch deep. Cheep plywood stick. I can make more. It worked really well.
I used my wooden hand screw clamps to hold the ends of the crate in place while I attached the bottom pieces. Then, it was on to the sides. The clamp held one side still while I attached the slats on the other. Then I clamped the slats to the table while I attached the remaining two slats.
I am going to make a few to hold blu ray movies and DVD’s. We have a lot of those.
Note that some of the boards had been out in the weather, but I rescued them a few weeks ago before we had all the bad storms, and Tropical Storm Bill a few days ago. So they were dry.
They are designed to have a rustic look. A little sanding on the edges and this one will be ready for paint or stain.
I think I have enough stock cut for about eight more crates of different sizes.
I see now where one of those gang rip saws would come in real handy! I can get about 8-9 slats out of a 2×4 1/4” x 1 1/2”.
You know, if I had to buy the 2×4’s, the small crates would cost about $.75 each (not counting staples and a dab or two of glue.)
The good thing is, they won’t be going to the dump!
-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas