Little Crates

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 10/26/2010 - 20:31
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Little crates made from scraps hung on the wall to create a little extra storage in tight bathroom spaces.


Yesterday was supposed to be a day off, but somehow, it ended up being such a productive one.

6AM: Heard the coffee grinder.  Can't resist fresh coffee

7AM: Submit interview to Blogher

8AM: Reply to emails and finish book proposal sample chapter

9AM: Grace gets up, Green Eggs and Ham (Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Moose Hotlinks)

10AM: Building a Chair

11AM: Building a Chair

12AM: Emails and had to design something that I spotted in a magazine

1PM: Chair is done!

2PM: Errands in town

3PM: Clean the house before the Ram gets home

4PM: Dinner

5PM: Go help my mom

6PM: Help my mom

7PM: Close shop up for my mom

8PM: Make cookies with Grace and the Ram

9PM: Back in the garage working on projects

10PM: I'm writing my post

11PM: Hopefully I'll be in bed.

And that was my day off  :)

Oh, and I squeezed these little crates in somewhere

These are so easy to make.  I used up my bundle of lath and some scrap 1x4s to make these for pretty much free.

I choose to make my crates 12″ x 12″ on the inside so that I can stack them full of scrapbooking paper if I want to.


Shopping List

1×4 scraps, 2 at least 12″ long
3 – 48″ long lath sticks
1 1/4 nails
wood glue

Cut List

2 – 1×4 @ 12″
10 – wood laths @ 13 1/2″

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw


Step 1

So here is the trickiest part – at least if you are sans a nailer. Glue and nail the lath to the back of the 1x4s as shown above.

Step 2

And now the ends. And you are done! I added a two coats of Antique White in Satin by Valspar. These stack and hang quite nicely!

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Rebekah (not verified)

Tue, 10/26/2010 - 20:39

Love how simple and cute these are! I will me making these this weekend for sure! Thanks so much for your endless inspiration. You're amazing!

Stephanie (not verified)

Tue, 10/26/2010 - 21:09

No. Freakin'. Way. JUST today I was thinking of how I could build some crates for the house. But seeing as how I'm not even close to being a carpenter or anything related to it, I couldn't figure out how to do it. You posted those other crates with the solid sides on caster wheels, but I just wanted to use lathe strips and boards for a more rustic feel; pretty much EXACTLY like your plan. You are so totally awesome. And you're obviously a mind-reader.

Unfortunately I'll have to get to those after I finish my table (the farmhouse with stretcher) and benches...

Angel s. (not verified)

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 03:22

Love these! I could use some in the bath for shelves and in the craft room for storage. THANK YOU for the link to the lathing strips, I have been wanting some and none of the local stores seem to have them, now I know where to find them! The hard part will be not using the all up in projects so I can use them on my loom.