Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build the Vintage Workshop Storage Crates

02.25.12 By //
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He brought us the most beautiful build for the Vintage Workshop Storage Bench… and now Robohead brings us the Crates! Yahoo.. Built to fit the workshop storage bench perfectly, these also seem like they have dozens of other fabulous uses too! Can't you see it now? I'm thinking perfect for toys… of course I might always be thinking that. Imagine fruit in the kitchen, and any other thing you want to contain but still see a tad! 

Estimated Cost 

Under $25

Dimensions for This Project

  • Safety Gear
  • Tape Measure
  • Nail Gun – can also use a drill if preferred.
  • Table Saw – optional and can purchase materials in 1/2″ stock if need be
  • Jig Saw or Router – to create handles

**To make 3 bins, for only 1 bin purchase a shorter 1×12 and 10 linear feet of 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ trim board.

  • 1 – 1×12 at 8'
  • 2×4 at 8' OR 27 linear feet of 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ trim board (this latter option is obviously much more expensive, but is an option if you aren't able to rip a 2×4)
  • 1″ Brad Nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 

For 1 Crate:

  • 1 – 1×12 at 11 1/2″ Bottom
  • 2 – 1×12 at 8″ Front and Back
  • 8 – 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ Slats at 13″ Sides
  • 4 – 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ Slats at 8″ Front/Back Trim

For 3 Crates:

  • 2 – 1×12 at 11 1/2″ Bottom
  • 6 – 1×12 at 8″ Front and Back
  • 21 – 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ Slats at 13″ Sides
  • 12 – 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ Slats at 8″ Front/Back Trim

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Step 1 

Cut your Front, Back, and Bottom to size. If you would like to carve out handles you should do this on the Front and Back pieces prior to assembling. You can use a router or a jig saw, even a hole saw will work if you are clever about it. Once your pieces are ready, glue and nail together with the bottom inset between the front and back.

Step 2

Step 2 

To create the slats, you can rip a 2×4 into 1/2″ wide strips that are 1 1/2″ in height and 13″ in length. If this isn't an option for you, you can also purchase trim boards in this dimension but keep in mind it will be more costly. Tack on the slats using glue and nails.

Step 3

Step 3 

To create the decorative trim on the front and back, you will rip a 2×4 in the same manner as the step above only your lengths will be at 8″ for this step. Again you can purchase this material if you aren't able to make it! Then simply glue to the front and back as shown.

Finishing Instructions 

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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