Wooden Crates – home made storage!

Remember those crates we made? It was the first post on the blog… and you can see it here.  We continue to tweak and change how we put the crates together – hoping to make them more user friendly and storage capable. I think these are the best set so far!

This set of three crates were created especially for our sister for Christmas. We loved making them!

This set of three crates were created especially for our sister for Christmas. We loved making them!

The crates are constructed from pine (ends) and the slats are all reclaimed cottonwood.

The crates are constructed from pine (ends) and the slats are all reclaimed cottonwood.

We attached this star ornament just for fun. It's a piece that he cut out on the scroll saw, of course.

We attached this star ornament just for fun. It’s a piece that he cut out on the scroll saw, of course.

 

One major change between our first crates and these is that the router was used to round over the top edge of the ends, and even inside the handles. This makes for a much more comfortable grab when you go to pick them up. The cottonwood is lightweight and yet strong enough to handle loads of books! Yes, we have tested them on books. In fact, that’s what ours are loaded with. 🙂

What would you stock your crates with?

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

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Projects of Christmas Past

We’ve been working on some pretty neat things for Christmas this year (as you’ve seen already) and as I was reflecting on our skills gained and progress made, I thought of sharing this one from ‘Christmas Past’ with you.

Last Christmas my Dad had just moved into his new office, and had a slew of custom furniture made to suit. Not your typical office furniture – real pieces made out of real, salvaged barn wood! He requested that we made him a desk tray to complement his southern yellow pine desk. This is what we came up with.

A unique gift, made with love.

A unique gift, made with love.

The bottom is butcher block (pine) and we stained it. The sides are also pine, painted with a gorgeous glossy black made by Rustoleum. We finished the bottom complete with little felt pads so that it rests on the desk top without scratching the surface. That groove all along the sides was accomplished with the router – and I love how it makes the whole thing look professional! As for the measurements, we stole them from a standard ‘letter tray’ on the Office Depot website. 🙂

There’s something wonderful about giving something handmade for Christmas. Don’t you agree?

~ The Woodworker’s Wife