Moving crates

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Project by daltxguy posted 07-28-2009 01:22 PM 4011 views 13 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Moving a woodworking shop begins with what else than a woodworking project.

Too heavy for boxes, I needed something sturdy to transport the shop. I looked around for some wooden crate designs but I guess no one makes these anymore. I found some apple crates online, most of which are selling as antiques or novelty decorating items. Seem, though, that they are perfect sizes for not only apples, but bookshelves, seats etc.

Why re-invent the wheel?

I stole the measurements from the apple crate and it is indeed an ideal size. Inside measurements are 21”x14”x10”. The depth is smaller than its apple crate cousin, mainly because I had 10” wide boards lying around. The size is also nice because all the parts could be made from standard width boards. The sides are 10”, the bottoms are two 8” boards. The end boards are one 6” board and a 3 1/2” decking board. All the pine is 1” thick, probably more than needed but what was available.

My buddy Moshe (moshel) was kind enough to cut these up for me as they came as part of the crate made for the Peterson sawmill I purchased earlier and came 6m long ( ~ 20ft) stored at his place. The wood is mainly rough sawn pinus radiata( Radiata pine or Monterey pine). The handles are recycled decking, probably some kind of eucalyptus.

Nothing fancy about the joints. These suckers were nailed and screwed together.

I made 8 of these in total and highly recommend the size. If you can, save buying plastic bins and a barrel of oil and bring back the art of the crate!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#1 posted 07-28-2009 01:41 PM

Nice! Thanks for tips on the design. I could even use one of these to store the small hardwood scraps I can’t seem to let go of.


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#2 posted 07-28-2009 02:53 PM

Great looking box, I like michalerays idea of using them in the shop for scraps.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 02:57 PM

Nice project.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 07-28-2009 03:50 PM

on my to do list, I’ve got college age kids, and there’s no way I’m going to let them go with boring plastic crates now.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#5 posted 07-28-2009 07:52 PM

I may be moving in the near future. This is a great idea for moving the shop.

-- "Preach the gospel always. If necessary use words" -St Francis of Assisi

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#6 posted 07-29-2009 02:07 AM

Thanks for the tip.
Those look good & sturdy.
I’m moving in less then a year and I should knock some of these together to get ahead of the curve.
After the move, they can become small parts storage boxes.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#7 posted 03-19-2012 05:42 AM

When moving house, sturdy boxes are indeed required. The usual boxes can definitely be replaced by wooden creates in case very heavy things need to be transported. Being a part of moving companies Lincoln NE, using reliable storage or packing options like this is understandable.

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