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Wood Storage Crates



These DIY storage crates are stylish upgrades to plastic storage bins. Ben shows two different ways to make sturdy storage crates. The first crate is made out of Fir 1x4s and some short pieces of a 2x10. The 2nd crate is made from a 2x6 and some ¾” thick pine boards.

Click here to download Homemade Modern's project plans for this How-To!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      CRATE 1 Cut the wood to length I used measured out the lengths of wood and then cut the pieces with my compound miter saw. You can find the dimensions I used here:

    2. Step: 2

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      Drill holes for handles I drilled four holes 1 ¼” in diamter in each of the 2x10 end pieces to use a handle.

    3. Step: 3

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      Connect the handle holes I used my knife to carve away the small pieces of wood that are left between the holes and round over the edges of the handles.

    4. Step: 4

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      Sand the handles I used some 80 grit paper wrapped around a board to sand the holes.

    5. Step: 5

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      Sand the 2x10s I used an orbital sander with 220 grit pads to sand down the 2x10 end pieces.

    6. Step: 6

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      Predrill holes in 2x10s I used a cordless drill to pre-drill holes in the 2x10s. I pre-drilled the holes to keep the wood from splitting.

    7. Step: 7

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      Screw 2x10 pieces together I used 3 inch long screws to fasten the 2x10 pieces together.

    8. Step: 8

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      Predrill holes in 1x4s I used a cordless drill to pre-drill holes in the Fir 1x4s. I pre-drilled the holes to keep the wood from splitting.

    9. Step: 9

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      Screw on the 1x4 side pieces I used 2 inch long screws to fasten the 1x4s to the 2x10s. I started with the 1x4s at the top of the crate and fastened the middle pieces last.

    10. Step: 10

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      Cut wood for lid I cut pieces of 1x4 that fit just inside the crate.

    11. Step: 11

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      Construct the lid I used 1 ¼” screws to connect the short pieces of 1x4 to the underside of the lid.

    12. Step: 12

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      Finish with a coat of Minwax polycrylic I brushed on a coat of Minwax Polycrylic to finish this crate.

    13. Step: 13

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      CRATE 2 Cut the wood to length I used measured out the lengths of wood and then cut the pieces with my compound miter saw. You can find the dimensions I used here:

    14. Step: 14

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      Predrill holes in 2x10s I used a cordless drill to pre-drill holes in the pieces I cut. I pre-drilled the holes to keep the wood from splitting. I used 2 inch and 1 ¼” long screws to fasten the pieces together.

    15. Step: 15

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      Assemble the lid I used a clamp to the hold the lid pieces in place while I screwed them together.

    16. Step: 16

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      Cut wood for lid I cut strips of pine that fit just inside the crate and then screwed to the underside of the lid.

    17. Step: 17

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      Drill holes for handles I drilled ½” diameter holes in the 2x6s that I would use to install rope handles.

Comments (5)


  • I really like the clean look to crate #1. I'll put it on my to do list.
    By mrpip, on May 6, 2016

  • Wow, what a great step by step tutorial! Thanks for sharing this.
    By pinktoolgirl, on May 31, 2016

  • Great idea! Looks like you could easily scale this a little up a bit to make an excellent patio or deck storage bench. Use 2 x 12's and perhaps some added internal support in the middle to prevent any sagging and you'd have a great bench.
    By Damocleez, on June 18, 2016

  • I will be looking to getting involved with this project. I like the natural beauty of wood. I can see just blending in a couple of different woods - yeahhh.
    By user_rocha_540114, on March 29, 2017

  • Where is the link to the plans for #1?
    By Tjl, on July 23, 2017

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Wood Storage Crates

by Homemade Modern
Apr 27, 2016
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These DIY storage crates are stylish upgrades to plastic storage bins. Ben shows two different ways to make sturdy storage crates. The first crate is made out of Fir 1x4s and some short pieces of a 2x10. The 2nd crate is made from a 2x6 and some ¾” thick pine boards. <a href="http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/pdf/DIY%20CRATE%20%232.pdf">Click here to download Homemade Modern's project plans for this How-To!</a>

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge d016f0b5 e16b 4158 af92 5eddfb92e078

    CRATE 1 Cut the wood to length I used measured out the lengths of wood and then cut the pieces with my compound miter saw. You can find the dimensions I used here:

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 09255e26 9f5f 4ad9 b402 931d6773c526

    Drill holes for handles I drilled four holes 1 ¼” in diamter in each of the 2x10 end pieces to use a handle.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 295928ad f1b5 475d 8cd0 04ef3216edd7

    Connect the handle holes I used my knife to carve away the small pieces of wood that are left between the holes and round over the edges of the handles.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 5e07e1b6 a2c6 4783 a262 16f836f580fd

    Sand the handles I used some 80 grit paper wrapped around a board to sand the holes.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 2d75b115 a3a7 41c6 b432 61b65cefd889

    Sand the 2x10s I used an orbital sander with 220 grit pads to sand down the 2x10 end pieces.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 451cff1e 9b09 4dad a96a 7104d5a73fa7

    Predrill holes in 2x10s I used a cordless drill to pre-drill holes in the 2x10s. I pre-drilled the holes to keep the wood from splitting.

  7. Step: 7
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    Screw 2x10 pieces together I used 3 inch long screws to fasten the 2x10 pieces together.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge fac57367 af41 4617 8161 9199969c14e6

    Predrill holes in 1x4s I used a cordless drill to pre-drill holes in the Fir 1x4s. I pre-drilled the holes to keep the wood from splitting.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 20c8364b 1059 4326 8af8 13f8dfab1e3e

    Screw on the 1x4 side pieces I used 2 inch long screws to fasten the 1x4s to the 2x10s. I started with the 1x4s at the top of the crate and fastened the middle pieces last.

  10. Step: 10
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    Cut wood for lid I cut pieces of 1x4 that fit just inside the crate.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 0f3b8b41 c1b6 4c13 ab6e 68c2c308bcad

    Construct the lid I used 1 ¼” screws to connect the short pieces of 1x4 to the underside of the lid.

  12. Step: 12
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    Finish with a coat of Minwax polycrylic I brushed on a coat of Minwax Polycrylic to finish this crate.

  13. Step: 13
    Huge b50649f0 b2a3 48ff a872 8dacec16456b

    CRATE 2 Cut the wood to length I used measured out the lengths of wood and then cut the pieces with my compound miter saw. You can find the dimensions I used here:

  14. Step: 14
    Huge 02926aff bed3 4a02 878f 71ce6e63952d

    Predrill holes in 2x10s I used a cordless drill to pre-drill holes in the pieces I cut. I pre-drilled the holes to keep the wood from splitting. I used 2 inch and 1 ¼” long screws to fasten the pieces together.

  15. Step: 15
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    Assemble the lid I used a clamp to the hold the lid pieces in place while I screwed them together.

  16. Step: 16
    Huge 3d6e32e2 7882 45c4 b113 5420b5898c33

    Cut wood for lid I cut strips of pine that fit just inside the crate and then screwed to the underside of the lid.

  17. Step: 17
    Huge f58d9921 3557 49d6 a1ad 6795bca09e0f

    Drill holes for handles I drilled ½” diameter holes in the 2x6s that I would use to install rope handles.