Barn wood tool caddy show-off ….

So this might just be a shameless brag post, but I had to share. 🙂 Last Winter I made a few of these caddys and they were quick, easy, rewarding and very useful! I have three of them, one for paint supplies, one for extra paper plans and drawings, and one that just looks pretty upstairs.  There are endless uses for these guys … and they are so easy to build! 

Here they are, in all of their glory. They were constructed from local barn wood, salvaged by my husband and I just a few months ago. I took 80 grit sandpaper and hit all the boards on both sides to clean some of the dirt and grime off the surface. A light touch did the trick – without taking all of that beautiful, grey, old weathered look off the wood. The table legs were cleaned and prepped also – and that will be a separate post. 🙂 

Once the wood is ready, I simply cut the bottom and sides down to the same length (checking the width, but since these were salvaged boards, I didn’t want to cut any exposed edges). The larger caddy is 16″ long, and the sides I cut somewhere between 12 and 13″ high, cutting a 45 degree angle off of each corner for a more rustic look. Then fire up the nail gun and go to town! 🙂 

The handles were pre-drilled and then glued and screwed in from the outside of the caddy. Very strong and sturdy – our football-player-sized brother sat on it and it survived. 🙂 Seriously. 

But what you really want are the pictures… so here they are! This set of two were custom made for my sister-in-law. Doesn’t she have good taste? 





Don’t you just love how OLD they look? We rescued those table legs out of grandma’s basement and gave them new life. There’s nothing more satisfying than giving something beautiful a brand new life! 

~ The Woodworker’s Wife 


Crates — born from old door casings!

I have something special to show you here! I know, to the average person it just looks like more crates… (How many can one house use, anyway!!!) but these are unique. They are a mere 12″ square, which makes them the PERFECT size for magazines, books, kids stuff, groceries … the list goes on! But the really neat thing about them is that they are constructed from Fir boards that were grooved and cut to fit at the top of door casings. We found them in bundles down at our favorite hardwoods store. 🙂

Aren’t they adorable?? I’m just in love. Can’t decide if I want to stain them (to bring out those cool grooves) or paint the inside a bright color like some of my inspiration photos! What do you think?



Fir has a strong grain, and normally it would be a terrible choice for nailing together like this. In this case, they are all straight grain since they were prepared specifically for a doorway. Perfect! They went together quickly and easily, unlike barnwood, which has to be straightened, planed, and cut before assembly.

Would you paint these or stain them? Leave me a comment below!

~ The Woodworker’s Wife