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Little Crates

October 26, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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Little crates made from scraps hung on the wall to create a little extra storage in tight bathroom spaces.

Little Crates

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Little Crates
Dimensions: 
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.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

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

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw

Cut List

Cut List: 

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

Step 1

Little Crates

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

Little Crates

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!

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.

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Love how simple and cute

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!

posted by Rebekah (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-10-26 22:39

No. Freakin'. Way. JUST

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...

posted by Stephanie (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-10-26 23:09

I love these Ana...sometimes

I love these Ana...sometimes a "day off" is the most productive day! I can't wait and try these, because I definitely have the paper!

posted by Green Gracie Home (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 01:35

Lovely! These might be going

Lovely! These might be going up in my bathroom. It's between these and the floating shelves...

posted by Amanda (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 02:28

These are so cute!! Glad to

These are so cute!! Glad to hear that you enjoyed your day off!

posted by Michelle (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 05:05

Love these! I could use some

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.

posted by Angel s. (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 05:22

Fun & simple project - thanks

Fun & simple project - thanks for sharing! :)

posted by Heather - Dollar Store Crafts (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 05:24

Lovely! What do you use to

Lovely! What do you use to hang them on?

posted by Beckie (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 05:34

That is soooo me! I think

That is soooo me! I think that is why you are so popular...your work is your passion---me too!!!! I made this!http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Cleverlyinspired/~3/WBEtI2kkOGM/garage-sale-frame-my-favorite-piece-of.html

posted by Tracie (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 05:37

I envision Ana whirling

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

Cute crates! Very cute.

posted by Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 05:40

OH ... forgot! One of these

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 :)

http://www.acehardware.com/product/?productId=1288962 (holds it and countersinks it - and it's way easier to hit then the head of a 3/4 finishing nail.)

http://www.micromark.com/NAIL-HOLDER,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.

posted by Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 05:52

Thank you for posting

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!

posted by Kristen (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 06:03

Ana, when do you ever find

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

posted by Kristen (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 06:06

Love them!!!! Are those kreg

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

posted by Sydney (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 08:56

Do you think that nail holder

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.

posted by Kim (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 09:07

I LOVE these! I can't wait to

I LOVE these! I can't wait to make them! Adding them to my list of "To-make" things now!

posted by Kimberly (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 09:24

Thanks for sharing these

Thanks for sharing these cheap tools! :)

posted by nancy (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 09:50

Ana, you amaze me! Thanks for

Ana, you amaze me! Thanks for these awesome plans. :)

posted by nancy (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 09:51

Oh what a busy day you had

Oh what a busy day you had BUT sounds amazing and fun at the same time!!!

posted by Anne (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 11:08

Just a quick question. Your

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?

posted by Tiff (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 11:15

LOVE THESE!! Thanks Ana.

LOVE THESE!! Thanks Ana.

posted by Jamie M. (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 12:56

Hi Tiff, Yes, those pocket

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.

posted by Anson (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-10-27 22:45

Had to share my incredibly

Had to share my incredibly old, and incredibly cool vintage shelves....cut with a hand saw---to not damage wood....http://cleverlyinspired.blogspot.com/2010/10/dont-make-it-like-they-use-to.html

posted by Tracie (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-10-28 04:21

Ana, you mentioned

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?

posted by April (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-10-28 05:13

How did you hang these on the

How did you hang these on the walls, just normal picture hangers??

I was also wondering about the pocket holes. : )

posted by Danielle Z. (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-10-28 09:41

I love these, they look so

I love these, they look so easy to make! I think I will be making these and stacking them the scrapbook paper idea! Maybe removing one of the sides, no? Is that a good idea? You are amazing!

posted by Isabel Jenson (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-11-01 09:56

Nice, clean finish with the

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?

posted by Deb Weyrich-Cody (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-12-21 08:50

love these, had to make them!

love these, had to make them! http://learnwithp.blogspot.com/2011/01/easy-peasy-crates.html

posted by Zaira (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-01-11 14:04
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love!!


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!

posted by TayBaxter | on Wed, 2011-04-20 14:05

Started some of these today

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.

posted by Craig Sparks (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-05-05 15:15

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