Large, wooden storage crate

Difficulty easy


Other Tools

  • Miter Saw
    Miter Saw
  • Table Saw
    Table Saw
  • Nail Gun
    Nail Gun
  • Sander


Wood Products

  • 7 Board , 1x4 , 72"
  • 1 Board , 1x4 , 96"
  • 1 Board , 2x2 , 48"

Hardware & Supplies

  • 72 Brad Nails
  • 1 Stain or paint of choice
  • 1 Sandpaper

Cut List & Parts

  • 6 Large Side Slates , 1x4x22"
  • 6 Small Side Slates , 1x4x15"
  • 3 Bottom Slates , 1x4x24'


  • Step 1

    Cut 6 - 1×4″ to 22″ (side slates)

  • Step 2

    Cut 3 - 1×4″ to 24″ (bottom slates)

  • Step 3

    Cut 6 - 1×4″ to 15″ (small side slates)

  • Step 4

    Cut 4 - 1×1″ to 12″ (inner supports – we ripped ours from 2×2’s.)

  • Step 5

    After you make all your cuts, get started nailing it together! I started by gluing and nailing the long sides to the 1×1’s first.

    Note-Make sure to place the 1×1 flush with the bottom of your 1×4 so that it will not be as noticeable from the top.

  • Step 6

    After both longer sides are together, nail on the 1x4's on each end. You may have to trim a little off of each board before nailing in place to make sure that they sit flush on the corners.

  • Step 7

    After we nailed the bottom slates on, we added feet made from round dowels that we had. This step is completely optional. I just like the cuteness that they added!

  • Step 8

    Before staining, I sanded and sanded and sanded some more! It can be a little difficult to get into all the cracks. You might do better to sand before putting it together. It’s completely up to you. Once I finished sanding the crate I stained it with a dark walnut stain by Rust Oleum. I used a q-tip to get the stain into all the little grooves.

  • Step 9

    Let it dry over night before putting anything in it.

    The next day I added the word “Pillows” on white vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo. You could easily paint this on your crate if you don’t own a Silhouette or Cricket.