Free plans to build a chalkboard produce crate from ana-white.com
2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 2 feet long
1/4" plywood scraps for bottom and chalkboards
1 1/4" pocket hole screws
finish nails or more 1 1/4" pocket holes for attaching sides
4 - 1x3 @ 13"
4 - 1x2 @ 5"
6 - 1x3 @ 15 3/4"
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 17 1/4" x 13"
2 - 1/4" plywood 11 1/2" x 7 1/4" (paint with chalkboard paint)
3/4" drill bit
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Start by making your two ends. Drill handles out with drill bits and then connect the two holes with a jigsaw to cut out handles. I built the ends with 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws - just a single screw per each end of the 1x2s and glue. Lay flat to dry.
Then for the sides you can attach with nails or pocket holes from the insides. I used 1x3s for the sides because they are so cheap, but you could also use 1x8s or any other board width.
Then I just attached the 1/4" plywood to the bottom with finish nails and glue.
Then glue the chalkboard pieces into ends to secure in place.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.