Potato and Onion Bin

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Project by MarkJ posted 07-27-2013 08:27 PM 3796 views 19 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my potato and onion bin that I just finished up. It’s made from ash with an oak plywood insert on the side surrounded by walnut. It’s based off the familiar design that I found on here a few times with a few twists. I’ve been wanting to try putting the swooped out legs on something for a while so I decided to try it here. Maybe it could have swooped out a bit more, but I like it.

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#1 posted 07-27-2013 09:43 PM

Beautiful piece! I really like the swooped legs the way they are. It’s gentle and subtle, but enough to give the piece some character. Never seen potatoes and onions stored like that.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#2 posted 07-27-2013 09:43 PM

Very nice!

-- Matt

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#3 posted 07-27-2013 11:21 PM

Very nice. I’d like to make one of these as well. What did you use on the fronts of the doors?

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#4 posted 07-28-2013 12:15 AM

AngieO – It’s fiberglass screen which you can get in rolls at Walmart, Home Depot, etc

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#5 posted 07-28-2013 01:09 AM

Nice looking project.

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#6 posted 07-28-2013 02:43 AM

Like Mrfid said, the swoop on the legs looks just right – nice job.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#7 posted 07-28-2013 05:44 AM

Very nice build…looks great and so practical… well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#8 posted 07-28-2013 08:44 AM

Wow, that is very nice. I remember years ago making those along with other Country Furniture from pine and stained them. Couldn’t make them fast enough. Is Country Furniture making a come back.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#9 posted 07-28-2013 01:52 PM

I love it. Do the doors open all the way (180 degrees) or are they held by a chain or wire or something to only open part way so the produce doesn’t fall out?

-- Ron, Montana

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#10 posted 07-28-2013 02:59 PM

I added a couple more pictures to show some details in the drawers. The drawer sides are curved on the top to allow the drawer to open and then the back of the drawer is much shorter than the front and this provides the stop. In the end, you can open the drawer about 45 degrees. The short back limits what you can store in it, so it’s a trade off.

The second picture shows how I ended up attaching the screen. I figured that at some point, some kid’s or dog’s head would go through the screen so it’s pretty easy to replace.

One more thing about the drawers.. I made mine from plywood (except the front of course) and I wouldn’t recommend that since it makes them too heavy. Pine would have been better.

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#11 posted 07-28-2013 09:57 PM

It’s all in the details! Very nice piece of furniture. Congrats.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#12 posted 07-30-2013 05:20 PM

It looks great. Like the design and style. Great choice of wood and hardware, a great storage for potatoes and other produce.


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#13 posted 07-30-2013 06:35 PM

Swooping is good.
well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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