Solid Oak "Tater" Box

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Project by McCoy's Woodworking posted 02-10-2014 03:27 PM 1048 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A very basic project, but a fun little build. This is something even the beginner can make and make well. The Kreg Jig needed a workout, and it got it with this one. Essentially just four face frames, rabbeted to accept a small panel (which I planed to 1/2”), and a hinged lid. There is also a small drawer underneath, for onions and such. Acorn Manufacturing forged iron hardware, Minwax stain and clear satin polyurethane. p.s. It holds well over twenty pounds of taters, and ten pounds of onions (depending on size of course). Measures 14”w X 16”d X 28”h.. Hope you like it, all comments are welcome and appreciated.

-- "Well Done is better than Well Said." ~ Benjamin Franklin

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#1 posted 02-10-2014 03:39 PM

Mashed potatoes here we come! That sure beats potatoes sitting in a plastic bag on the floor by the fridge. Nice storage box!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 02-10-2014 05:46 PM

Very nice work. I like it. I’ve been thinking of building a smaller version.

I assume there’s a floor that keeps the potatoes from falling into the drawer.

It seems like you’d want to employ a first-in-first-out (FIFO) strategy with the spuds. Unless you’ve got a high turnover rate, I can imagine a few potatoes spending too much time at the bottom of the bin.

Now that it’s done, have you discovered any issues that would prompt you to change the design?

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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McCoy's Woodworking

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 06:41 PM

Michael, yes I have. In retrospect, I should have made it smaller. Not narrower, but perhaps not as deep or tall. Rotating vegetable stock is very important, use the oldest first. I forgot to mention that the back panel is peg board for ventilation so they still get air while staying relatively dark. There is a “floor” between the upper box and the drawer, it also carries the drawer kicker. The drawer stretchers are also shop made.

-- "Well Done is better than Well Said." ~ Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 02-11-2014 04:43 AM

Very nice tater box. It reminds me of something we would have had when I was a kid. Thanks for the Acorn reference; now I know where to get cool hardware.

-- W. Muse, Maui Hawaii

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#5 posted 02-11-2014 11:14 AM

To quote Mr. Franklin, “well done”.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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