What a natural way to thing about stacking your fruit and making it visibly aesthetic. Fruit comes in crates, so why not leave them in crates? It’s also nice bringing the outside in and adding wood to the decor. They’re simple to make and you can stack them or unstack them for versatility around your kitchen as well as a fun conversation piece. Ana White does it again.
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Stackable Fruit and Veggie Crates
These stackable fruit and veggie crates were simple, simple, simple.
And did I mention like $3 to build each crate????
Materials and Tools
1 – 1 x 2 x 8
5 – 4′ wood lath pieces, usually comes in a bundle of 50
This shopping list is for 1 crate. You will need to multiply by the number of crates you want.
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
120 grit sandpaper
compound miter saw
4 – 1 x 2 @ 6 1/2″ Legs
2 – 1 x 2 @ 13 3/4″ Bottom supports between legs
6 – Wood Lath Pieces @ 8 3/4″ end slats
6 – Wood Lath Pieces @ 15 3/4″ side slats, or cut to fit
8 – Wood Lath Pieces @ 8 3/4″ inside bottom slats
This is the cut list per crate. Depending on how many stacking crates you want, you need to multiply by that number.
Build legs. Drill pocket holes in the bottom of the longer 1 x 2’s on each side. Attach to shorter 1 x 2’s (legs) with 1 1/4″ PH screws and glue.
Attach End Slats with 3/4 inch nails and wood glue. Notice to start 2 1/2″ from bottom, which will put the top wood lath slat above the top of the 1 x 2
Attach the side slats the same way 3/4″ nails and glue. I cut to fit after have the end slats holding the legs together.
Set slats in bottom of crate. No need to glue and nail for easy removal.
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.