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DIY Stackable Fruit and Veggie Crates


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.

Stackable Fruit and Veggie Crates

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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

Shopping List:

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
wood glue
120 grit sandpaper
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
Kreg Jig™
compound miter saw

Cut List

Cut List:

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.

Step 1

Stackable Fruit and Veggie Crates

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.

Step 2

Stackable Fruit and Veggie Crates

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

Step 3

Stackable Fruit and Veggie Crates

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.

Step 4

Stackable Fruit and Veggie Crates

Set slats in bottom of crate. No need to glue and nail for easy removal.

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.



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