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I love pallet wood. I had a request to make a couple of pallet wood crates for my brothers kids - this is how I made them. They are going to be used to store toys. They are easy to make and also function as a small stool (on the side).

To make these I use pallet wood, miter saw, drill, bandsaw/jigsaw, sanding paper, wood glue, nails, screws and some varnish.

The first step is to select some pallet wood (and as you can see they are in different sizes/thickness). I was going for the rustic look, so this is no problem.

Oh! There is also a small movie if you rather view the steps in motion.

Step 1: Prepare the Wood Pieces

Picture of Prepare the Wood Pieces
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I want to keep the rustic look of the pallet wood, but I dont want any splinters or burr. So first I use the electrical hand planer, on all sides of each piece. This cleans the most wood. Then I sand the wood pieces with a 60 grit paper. On all sides. Oh - I'm making two crates. There is a lot of pieces... I dont mind. I like pallet wood.

After the planing and sanding I cut one end of each piece (to have one straight end).

Eh Lie Us!5 months ago
Three great things:
1. The simplicity of these crates
2. Upcycling old wood
3. The baby-making music

We're making crates. . .

all
night
long!
Nice job.

One suggestion would be to run a housing trench around the bottom of each side before assembly so that the bottom plywood is included at the assembly stage (and ensures the box is square) You would lose your flat table top (which you could keep with a rebate rather than a trench)

If you want feet and stacking ability (also trading your completely flat top), it would be easier to just glue in some feet in the corners
dekeros (author)  PermacultureP1 year ago
Thank you for you comment and for your tip! Yes a rebate or "trench" is a good improvement. I use it sometimes in other box builds. Even if I did as you suggest in this build, I would still have a small countersink/indent as I have now too. The bottom isnt completly flat. The plywood is in contact to the supporting corner wood strips. Thank you very much again - with all the suggestions I'm eager to do some more boxes soon. ;-)
Eh Lie Us!1 year ago
You staggered the sides and fronts so they would be a little off and give it more strength when you secured them. I see what you did there. Good work, man. thanks for sharing. You know seeing your shop made me happy because you're productive and can create something great yet your shop looks as bad as mine!
dekeros (author)  Eh Lie Us!1 year ago
I greatly appreciate your kind words. Thank you for your comment! About the workshop. You know what they say, dont you? Its a representation of your mind. Everything is in a mess, cramped, lots of on-going or just started projects, dull tools, loose screws but mostly just a huge amount of saw dust. :-)
lawman2u1 year ago
I dont post many comments, but i had to tell you I really enjoyed the video music as much as the video. Great Job!
dekeros (author)  lawman2u1 year ago
Why thank you! I'm very happy that you liked it. One of the downsides working with power tools is that you cant hear any music while working. :-) I try to find good music (Guitars by Admiral Bob), and I felt it suited this project somehow. Thanks again - take care!
jaxshop1 year ago

Nice job on the boxes and on the Instructable. One suggestion -- if you make triangular holes on the bottom of the box in the corners and slide the corner braces down about 1/2" to 1" you can put feet on the boxes and foot-pockets at the top for secure stacking.

dekeros (author)  jaxshop1 year ago
Thank you very much! Great suggestion and good thinking! I will consider this for my next batch of boxes. Tip of the hat to you! Cheers!

Good suggestion!

ddancer1 year ago

I like your crates and will be making a few as well. I like the look of old "used" crates, so I will create some "antique" logos to dress them up, by using an "ink transfer to wood" process (there are many).

dekeros (author)  ddancer1 year ago
Thank you very much! I have never tried the ink-transfer myself, but I totally agree with you that it looks awesome. I will put that on my "must try list for future projects"! Thanks again!

I made a similar box but joined planks and assembled parts using a pocket hole jig.If it is necessary to drill the box from the outside, you can fill the holes with dowels and then sand them flat.

dekeros (author)  easilyparted1 year ago

Good point and that would look really nice! I went back and forth on how to join these boxes (box joints would be best I guess). But this time I chose this way with visible screws - for the more garage-style/rustic look. :-) Thanks for commenting! Cheers!

Nice. I was about to make a load of boxes for the workshop. This is the sort of design I was looking to do, but will just make them a bit smaller. I'm about to make a massive racking and wanted storage for everything :) thanks for sharing

dekeros (author)  aCuriousCreator1 year ago

Thanks for commenting and your kind words! Please post pictures of your boxes if you make them. I would love to see how they turn out - especially if you make them from pallet wood :-). Thanks again! I see that you have many interesting projects that I will keep en eye on in the future.

flyboy5411 year ago

Jesus Christ Mary Joseph, and I thought my shop was messy, dirty, clutter, crap everywhere, unsafe for children or human habitation or even intimate moments.. To be fair, your shop is better.