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.
- 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)
- 2@24 in
- 2@16 in
- 3@24 in
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
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.