Free plans to build your own potato bin for about $20 in lumber.
Features three compartments generously sized, each holding about 10 pounds of produce. Stackable design. Solid wood construction, can be easily modified and stained or painted as desired.
This is an easy DIY project using pine wood boards and includes free step by step diagrams, shopping and cut list from Ana-White.com.
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- 1 - 1x8 @ 6 feet long
- 1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
- 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue
- food safe stain or paint
- protective stick on furniture pads (felt or acrylic) to protect countertops on bottom of feet
If you don't have a brad nailer, you can also attach with 2" self tapping star bit screws (trim screws is what I would recommend) using a drill.
- 2 - 1x8 @ 1" long - cut first
- 4 - 1x8 @ 9-3/4" long - longest point measurement, one end cut at 15 degrees off square
- 1 - 1x8 @ 31-1/2" long
- 3 - 1x4 @ 31-1/2" long
Cutting the dividers isn't hard, and once you have one cut, you can use it as a pattern to cut the rest. A miter saw is recommended to make these cuts, but you could also use a speed square and circular saw to mark the angles. To conserve wood when cutting, cut the pieces as follows:
- First, set your saw to 15 degrees off square.
- Cut one divider, with the long point 9-3/4".
- Then set saw back to square (0 degrees).
- Cut the second divider using the first 15 degree cut as your angled cut side.
- Repeat to cut the remaining two dividers.
- Then set the saw to 30 degrees off square.
- Mark the longer corner as shown in the diagram and cut off with the miter saw.
Lightly sand and with 120-150 to make smooth.
Remove all sanding residue with a vacuum. Wipe with a damp cloth.
If painting or staining, line with wax paper before using with produce. The wax paper will also make it easy to clean.