Storing Fruits and Veggies in Style

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin

This month’s Power Tool Challenge theme is Spring… If it hasn’t yet “sprung” in your area, it will be shortly and with Spring comes thoughts of gardening. For us, that means a vegetable garden and I figured we’d need a place to store all of the fabulous fruits, veggies and herbs we plan on growing. The DIY furniture plans to build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin is a super-simple build featuring spindle legs, casters and mesh bottoms in each of the bins. In all honesty, this piece took longer to paint than it did to cut and assemble!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Finished Featured Image

Graphic

Materials:

Tools Needed:

Lumber:

  • 4 – 36″ spindles (I used treated spindles used for deck rails)
  • 1 – 1×8 at 4′
  • 1 – 1×8 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 1×8 at 11″
  • 4 – 1×8 at 18″

Step One

Cut the pieces for the bin boxes. Assemble the boxes using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails. The longer pieces will overlap the ends of the shorter pieces.

Install the angle braces at the center of each joint on the inside. The braces help keep each of the bins square since there is no ridgid bottom.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Bins Constructed

Step Two

The spindles will be cut down to accommodate the boxes. They can be used as is, if desired, but I felt there would be too much space between the boxes. I cut 3-1/4″ off of one end of the spindles (for the top box), and 4″ off of the lower end of the spindle to allow for the casters and a space to attach the lower box.

Drill a hole in the bottom end of the spindles to accommodate the caster sleeve. See the manufacturer’s instructions for bit size and depth of the hole.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Spindle Legs

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Holes in Ends of Legs

Step Three

Secure two of the legs to one of the boxes (with the top edges flush) using glue and 2″ brad nails through the spindle into the end of the longer pieces of the box.

Position the legs on the lower second box so they overhang by about 2-1/4″. Secure the lower portion of the legs to the box using glue and 2″ brad nails.

Secure the remaining two legs to the opposite side of the boxes.

Paint or stain the bin as desired. I chose not to paint the inside of the bins.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Fully Assembled

Step Four

Cut two pieces of hardware cloth at 17″ x 21″ (very important – wear gloves!). Cut a square out of each corner so that there won’t be any extra mesh in the corners. I forgot to measure the cuts at the corners but if you hold the mesh over the top of the box, it will be easy to determine what needs to be cut away. Fold the edges of the hardware cloth (approximately 1″ or 4 squares), then fold the sides into a basket-like shape so that the piece will fit inside the bin. Secure the hardware cloth in place with 1/2″ staples. A hammer can be used to flatten the fold at the top of the wire.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Wire Bin

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Inside View of Wire Bin

Install the casters.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Caster

I also added vintage drawer pulls (spray painted white) to the sides and a fabulous graphic from The Graphics Fairy.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Handle Painted

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Handle Installed

Here are the projects from my fellow bloggers:

Chevron Wood Easter Egg by Kim Six Fix

Wooden Swing Shelf by Domestically Speaking

Wooden Easter Eggs by Create And Babble

Repurposed Easter Cross by Prodigal Pieces

Planter Box Centerpiece by Refresh Restyle

Upcycled Drawer Front Planter by Confessions of A Serial DIY’er

Rustic 3 Panel Wall Decor by Designed Decor

Key West DIY Wood Planter Box by H2OBungalow

Baseball Bookends by Virginia Sweet Pea

Chair Back Bird Feeder by Interior Frugalista

Wood Slice Rolling Plant Stand by My Repurposed Life

They always have the most awesome projects!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Quarter View

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Top View

If the bin is constructed entirely out of treated wood, it can be used as a planter… I may make that next! Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin? Leave a comment below!




Easy to Make Desk Set for Organization

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set

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The groans happy squeals of students looking forward to going back to school can be heard everywhere so why not get them started off right with a super-fancy desk set? The DIY plans to make a wood desk set feature a magazine or paper organizer, a tray to hold supplies and a square pencil cup. The best part about these plans is that there are no fasteners involved! Yep, it is true… I used a fast-drying adhesive to assemble the set! The set is quick and easy to make with no delay in getting the school year started off right (and you can do your happy dance)!

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set

Materials:

Tools Needed:

Lumber:

  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood

Cut List:

Magazine/Paper Holder

  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 11-3/4″ – Back End
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 4″ – Front End
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 9-1/4″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 9-3/4″ x 11-3/4″ – Sides

Pencil Cup

  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 2-3/4″ x 4″ – Ends
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 3-1/4″ x 4″ – Sides

Supply Organizer

  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 2″ x 5-1/2″ – Ends
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 11-3/4″ – Bottom
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 1-3/4″ x 11-3/4″ – Long Divider
  • 3 – 1/4″ plywood at 1-3/4″ x 2-5/8″ – Short Dividers
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 2″ x 12-1/4″ – Sides

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Notes about the project:

Measure the plywood you are using in this project to make sure it is 1/4″ thick. If it is not, a few adjustments will have to be made. For example, the ends and bottom of the magazine holder can be cut as normal but the sides may have to be cut slightly narrower. It will be the same for the sides of the pencil cup and the sides of the organizer.

Magazine/Paper Holder

Cut the pieces for the magazine/paper holder. Apply a bead of glue along the shorter edges of the bottom and position the end pieces on each side. If using Rapid Fuse, it sets up very quickly otherwise a few light clamps may have to be used.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Magazine Holder Ends & Bottom

Apply a bead of glue along the side edges of the ends and the bottom, and position one of the sides aligning the pieces with each other. Repeat for the other side.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Magazine Holder Sides

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Magazine Holder Sides 2

Pencil Cup

Cut the pieces for the pencil cup. Apply a bead of glue along two opposing edges of the bottom and position the end pieces on these edges.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Pencil Cup Ends & Bottom

Apply a bead of glue along the side edges of the ends and bottom, and position one of the sides on top aligning all of the edges. Repeat for the other side.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Pencil Cup Sides

Supply Organizer

Cut the pieces for the supply organizer. Apply a bead of glue along the shorter edges of the bottom and position the side pieces on the edges.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Organizer Sides & Bottom

Mark the center of the sides and bottom. Apply a bead of glue along each short edge and one long edge of the long divider, then position the long divider along the center line.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Organizer Dividers 1

Mark the position of the shorter dividers. Apply a bead of glue along one short edge and one long edge. Position the shorter dividers on the bottom against the long divider.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Organizer Dividers 2

Apply a bead of glue along the edges of the shorter dividers, the ends and the bottom, and position one of the side pieces on these edges.

Apply a bead of glue along the side edges of the ends and bottom on the opposite side and position the remaining side piece on these edges.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Organizer Sides

I used walnut plywood that was plain on the reverse side. I used the walnut side on the inside of each piece then covered the outside with scrapbooking paper and Mod Podge. The outside can be painted or stained, or finished however desired!

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Scrapbooking Paper

An easy to make wood desk set with no fasteners that can be customized with paint or scrapbooking paper! Perfect for back to school!

Have any questions about the DIY plans to make a wood desk set? Leave a comment below!




Framing Peg Board for Pretty Organization

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board

I love using peg board! Not only is it the perfect material for organization but it can be customized to match your decor in so many ways! The DIY furniture plans to build a Framed Peg Board feature a wide frame with mitered corners and decorative narrow trim on the front. The frame has a routed rabbet on the front that the pegboard sits in. This allows for a 1/2″ gap between the pegboard and the wall for the hooks to be easily inserted. I used the biscuit joiner to assemble the frame – pocket holes or flat corner braces can also be used. This super-easy project is suitable for all skill levels!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Featured Image

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Close Up Angled View

Materials:

  • #20 biscuits OR
  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws OR
  • 2 sets (of four) 2-1/2″ corner braces
  • 3/4″ brad nails
  • Hangers for the back
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw
  • Biscuit joiner OR
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Drill
  • Router with a 1/4″ rabbeting bit
  • Pneumatic nailer/stapler with compressor (or battery operated type)
  • Sander

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×4 at 8′
  • 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ thick pegboard
  • 2 – 8′ pieces of trim, approximately 3/4″ wide

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×4 at 30-1/2″ – Frame
  • 2 – 1×4 at 54-1/2″ – Frame
  • Peg board cut to fit opening
  • Trim cut to fit

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the frame and cut 45° miters in each end. I assembled my frame using a biscuit joiner and #20 biscuits. Pocket holes can also be drilled in the mitered edges of the shorter pieces, then the frame can be assembled using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. A third method is to use two flat corner braces at each corner to assemble the frame.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Frame

Step Two

Set the router bit 1/4″ deep and cut a rabbet along the inside of the frame. Since I used biscuits to assemble my frame, it didn’t matter what side of the frame I cut the rabbet on. If using pocket holes or flat corner braces, the rabbet will be cut on the side opposite the pocket holes or braces.

Step Three

Measure the length and width of the opening in the center of the frame from rabbet to rabbet. Cut the pegboard to fit, if necessary. Also, cut a small portion of each corner away so that the pegboard will fit into the frame without chiseling the corners.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Peg Board

Step Four

Paint the frame, pegboard and trim separately. The pegboard can be secured to the frame inside the rabbet using 5/8″ staples, or a bead of Liquid Nails or similar adhesive.

Cut the decorative trim to fit, covering the edges of the pegboard in the rabbet. Secure the trim using 3/4″ brad nails. I cut the trim I used by hand with a saw and a miter box. I filled the holes then touched up the paint.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Trim

Step Five

Add hangers to the back – keyhole hangers or D-tab hangers work well. I used soda can tabs with screws and washers.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Angled view

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Close up of thread

This piece is perfect for any room and can be customized with stencils, like I used. It would work well in a bedroom, bathroom, craft room, home office or kid’s room. Have any question about the DIY furniture plans to build a Framed Peg Board? Leave a comment below!