DIH Vegetable Crate
Time Required: Under 2 hours
Tools & Materials
MEASURE THE WOOD
- Using a tape measure and a pencil, measure and mark all the wood pieces as indicated on this cut diagram.
- Measure the 1 x 2-inch x 8-foot board into four 19-inch sections and cut an 18 x 11 7/8-inch section out of the project panel.
- For optional chalkboard signs, also mark out two 4 3/4 x 6-inch sections from the project panel.
REMOVE BOTTOM CRATE SLATS
- Pry the five stapled slats from the bottom of the large wood crate, being careful not to damage them as they will be reattached.
- Remove the staples from the slats with the claw side of a hammer.
CUT CRATE IN HALF
- Use a jig saw to cut the large crate horizontally in half in between the two middle slats. Make sure not to cut any of the slats. The cut should be approximately 4 1/4 inches up from the bottom of the crate.
- You should now have two bottomless half crates, one with handles and one without. Continuing with the jig saw, cut any overhang from the solid end pieces so that the end pieces are flush with the slats.
BUILD THE UPPER CRATE
- Reattach the five slats that were previously removed to the bottom of the half of the crate with handles using the heavy-duty stapler.
- This will be the upper crate of the produce holder.
BUILD THE LOWER CRATE
- Take the half of the crate without handles and attach the 18 x 11 7/8-inch rectangle piece cut from the project panel board using the heavy-duty stapler.
- This will be the lower crate of the produce holder.
- Paint or stain all wood pieces and wood crate prior to assembly. Sand the rough edges of the cut wood before painting or staining.
- Optional: Paint the two 4 3/4 x 6-inch boards cut from the project panel with chalkboard paint to make signs.
ATTACH THE SIDE BOARD LEGS
- Continuing with the heavy‐duty stapler, first attach the four 19-inch side board legs to the outside of the two solid ends of the upper crate, using two legs on each solid end.
- Check that the legs are flush with the top and sides of the crate.
ATTACH THE SIDE BOARD LEGS (CONTINUED)
- Measure 3 inches up from the bottom of the four side board legs and make a mark.
- Align the bottom of the lower crate with this mark and attach the legs to the outside of the two solid ends of the lower crate, making sure to keep the legs flush with the sides of the lower.
Tip: Use clamps and a level to keep the crates level while stapling the legs.