Reclaimed Soda Crate Caddy

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About Project

Inspired by vintage soda crates, this flatware caddy was made from reclaimed food pallets.  You can make this crate with new boards too.  This easy project features a sturdy handle and four cubbies, suitable for bottles, gardening tools, or even a wedding centerpiece.

I've been meaning to tell you where the flatware went after I cleaned out our junk drawer.

With the summer BBQ season just around the corner, I got to thinking wouldn't it be handy if my flatware was in a caddy, that I could put on the table, on our kitchen island, and then outdoors?
So I thought I would borrow a few elements from vintage soda crates, add a handle, and create a decorative, reclaimed wood flatware caddy.
And a chalkboard label.  And then I thought, wow, this would be great in the garden for holding your tools and flowers that you have picked.
Of just as a centerpiece.  Wouldn't this make a pretty, inexpensive centerpiece at a wedding?  
Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

Cut List
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 9 1/2" (Handle)
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 9 1/2"
  • 4 - 1x6 @ 11"
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 4 3/8"
Cutting Instructions

My caddy was made from boards reclaimed from a pallet. The 1x6s measure 5 1/2" wide. Because there is no 1x8s on my pallets, I used a new 1x8 scrap that was quite weathered.

General Instructions

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!


Step 1

Cut the handle as shown above from the 1x8. I used a hole saw kit and drilled two 1" holes, and then cutout between the two holes with a jigsaw. For the angled tops, I simply clipped the corners at 45 degrees off square, and then rounded the top edge with the jigsaw.

Step 2

Next attach the sides to the handle piece. Use glue and 2" finish nails (nailer would make this go so fast).

Step 3

Attach the remaining sides in the same method.

Step 4

Now the bottom. Just tack on with finish nails and glue.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.


Robbi Montgomery (not verified)

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 10:06