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!


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.

Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified)

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 03:40

I envision Ana whirling around her place like the Tasmanian Devil cartoon.

Cute crates! Very cute.

Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified)

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 03:52

OH ... forgot! One of these cheap things will make those danged finishing nails easier to set. It also gets your fingers out of the danger zone :) (holds it and countersinks it - and it's way easier to hit then the head of a 3/4 finishing nail.),7356.html Just holds it.

And at the end of a long day of setting toe moldings into baseboards, your hands will not be cramped into claws, unable to pick up your cold beer.

Kristen (not verified)

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 04:03

Thank you for posting this--I've been pricing a finishing nail gun, but this is far more affordable for the time being. I'll be able to enjoy that beer now, after a day of projects!

Kristen (not verified)

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 04:06

Ana, when do you ever find time for scrapbooking??!! Especially considering your day-off schedule :O)

Sydney (not verified)

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 06:56

Love them!!!!
Are those kreg holes on the side? Were these just oops boards or did you actually use a kreg on this?

Kim (not verified)

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 07:07

Do you think that nail holder countersink thing will help if your problem is nails bending while trying to hammer into plastic trim? That's the problem I am having.

Tiff (not verified)

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 09:15

Just a quick question. Your 1x4's look like they have pocket holes in them. Yet, it doesn't look like they could be doing anything where they are. Were they just already in the scrap you happened to use for this project? Or, am I missing something?

Anson (not verified)

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 20:45

Hi Tiff,

Yes, those pocket holes don't serve a functional purpose for this project. As you suggested, they are likely just there from a previous project that didn't come to fruition.

April (not verified)

Thu, 10/28/2010 - 03:13

Ana, you mentioned scrapbooking paper... Now all we need is a stand that we can slide our new crates into so we can label the outside of them with the color of paper that they contain :-) And I agree with Kristen. How on earth do you have time for scrapbooking with your building schedule?

Deb Weyrich-Cody (not verified)

Tue, 12/21/2010 - 05:50

Nice, clean finish with the pocket nailing! Now that you're doing tutorials, this might be a good subject for those looking for more advanced technique?


Wed, 04/20/2011 - 12:05

modified a little bit as i could find the right boards.. i bought a 2x6x8 kiln dried whitewood and 3 1x3x8 premium furring strip and 1 lb of nails. whole thing cost me $11.47! and i had enough to build 2. little larger than yours but beautiful none the less. saved me  almost $300 bucks as apposed to pb! btw did a white wash finish, they look gorgeous!

Craig Sparks (not verified)

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 13:15

Started on 4 of these today. Got all the wood cut, just gotta sand and paint and assemble. Perfect gift for mothers day.

Thanks for the great site Ana, it has helped me get going in woodworking.

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