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Project by steliart posted 09-24-2018 09:48 AM 1155 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Potato Storage Box

A bit of an unusual project. I was asked to design and build a Potato Storage Box which will be outdoors (on a veranda) and exposed.
So there where two elements to consider, heat and rain, and for this I decided to use IPE hardwood decking wood which is very weather resistance, and a Swedish Pine for the frame.

My idea was for a box with lots of ventilation (openings) to prevent the potatoes from rotting due to moisture and heat build inside it, so there is a good opening between the boards which I cut there long grain edges to 45 degrees thus simultaneously preventing any water from getting inside as it will slide off thus keeping the box relatively less wet. Besides it doesn’t rain much over here and that’s for a couple of months only.
The lit is held with two galvanized hinges with stainless steel screws.
Varnished with BLO and a Poly coat over it.
Dimensions are: 40×28x50cm

Anyway it’s a prototype so we will see how it will hold in weather.

Hope you like it and ALL comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Thank you for watching :)
Stelios AKA Steliart

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 09-24-2018 12:29 PM

Stelios, your storage box looks good and I think your on the right track keeping the rain and heat out but my concern is how to keep rodents out. Maybe line the inside with some strong wire mesh. Nice work and I’m sure your client will be happy either way!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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swirt

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#2 posted 09-24-2018 01:10 PM

Nice design Steli. That should hold up very well.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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pottz

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#3 posted 09-24-2018 01:12 PM

interesting project might be the first potato box posted here.im with tony on the rodent issue,could be a problem.nice job steli.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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steliart

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#4 posted 09-24-2018 01:43 PM



Stelios, your storage box looks good and I think your on the right track keeping the rain and heat out but my concern is how to keep rodents out. Maybe line the inside with some strong wire mesh. Nice work and I m sure your client will be happy either way!

- woodshaver Tony C


Hey Tony thank you buddy and your suggestion is excellent. Never thought of rodents or anything going in, just because we don’t have any. But, I can see how those 1 to 1.5 openings may invite other things to go inside.
And yes the answer as you say it may well be an inside wire mesh… I will definitely make the suggestion.
Thank you my dear friend

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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steliart

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#5 posted 09-24-2018 01:44 PM



Nice design Steli. That should hold up very well.

- swirt

Thanks swirt buddy :) !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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steliart

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#6 posted 09-24-2018 01:47 PM



interesting project might be the first potato box posted here.im with tony on the rodent issue,could be a problem.nice job steli.

- pottz


Hallow Potts thank you friend, and yes Tony’s point and solution is a good one !!! ;)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#7 posted 09-24-2018 01:53 PM

I like potatoes…and the box.

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steliart

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#8 posted 09-24-2018 02:31 PM



I like potatoes…and the box.

- Hazem


Me two, now that I remember I’m out of them, need to go get some :) hahahaha
Thanks for watching and commenting !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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PPK

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#9 posted 09-24-2018 04:18 PM

Nice potato box!
One question though – how do you keep the light out? Potatoes can’t have any light or they’ll get green…
Who knew something so innocent sounding as a potato box had to be so well engineered??

-- Pete

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steliart

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#10 posted 09-24-2018 04:49 PM



Nice potato box!
One question though – how do you keep the light out? Potatoes can t have any light or they ll get green…
Who knew something so innocent sounding as a potato box had to be so well engineered??

- PPK


Thank you my friend.
From what I red/research (I’m not an expert), yes potatoes do get green in the light, but inside this box not much light goes through it (they are kinda in a dark shadow) and certainly no direct sunlight, so I want to believe it will be OK.
Besides time will show all drawbacks of this design idea … will see :) :) :)
Thank you for watching and visiting !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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doubleDD

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#11 posted 09-24-2018 05:07 PM

A fine looking storage container for the potatoes Stelios. I give you credit for trying to improve it. Lots of little things to consider. Let us know how it works out.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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steliart

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#12 posted 09-24-2018 05:52 PM



A fine looking storage container for the potatoes Stelios. I give you credit for trying to improve it. Lots of little things to consider. Let us know how it works out.

- doubleDD


Thanks Dave, will do so after we put it to the test :) !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#13 posted 09-24-2018 10:21 PM

Very Nice Work & Well Done Stelios!

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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Grumpy

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#14 posted 09-24-2018 10:37 PM

Nice job Stelios. I did a similar thing out of shiplap pine with shoe storage underneath.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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steliart

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#15 posted 09-25-2018 07:48 AM



Very Nice Work & Well Done Stelios!

- Rick S.


thank you Rick :)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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