In DIY Home Accents, Wall Shelves/Storage
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A few years ago my wife heard the school librarian complain about the crate she was using to hold books; the crate kept falling apart, and she had to buy a new one every year.  My wife thought I could make a crate that would hold up better, so she volunteered me to make a new crate for the library.  I love the library (and my wife), so how could I refuse.

The crate I made for the library has held up very well.  I have been told that kids drag the crate, sit on top of the crate, and sometimes even sit in the crate.  This past summer I was asked to make another crate to match the first one.  This post shows the making of the second crate.

Supply List:

  • 1- 1x12x8
  • 1- 1X6x8
  • 1-1/4 in pocket hole screws
  • Pocket hole plugs
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Paint or stain (I used Rust-Oleum Kona Stain with a matte Polyurethane)


Cut List:


  • 2@24 in
  • 2@16 in


  • 3@24 in

Tools Needed:

  • Saw
  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
  • Drill

Project Plan:

Step One:  Attach 16 in (1×12) end piece to 24 in (1×12) side pieces using pocket hole screws.

Step two:  Attach second 16 in end piece using pocket hole screws.

Step Three:  Attach three bottom 24 in 1×6 pieces.  Countersink the screws, so the screw heads are below the surface of the wood.

Step Four:  Add pocket hole plugs.

Step Five:  Sand, then paint or stain.  I used Rust-Oleum Kona stain with a matte polyurethane finish.

Step Six:  Attach cabinet pulls.

Now the library has two crates.  I hope they hold up well for years to come.  I really like them, and I may have to make one for my home one day.

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  • Ivory

    You guys are great and do wonderful work. I love this! Thank you for sharing.

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