Power Tool Challenge – Spring Edition

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



  • 1-3/4″ brad nails
  • 2″ brad nails
  • 2″ casters with sleeves
  • 8 – 2-1/2″ angle braces with 3/4″ screws
  • 1/4″ hardware cloth (galvanized mesh)
  • 1/2″ staples
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Drill
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor (or battery powered nailer)
  • Metal snips to cut the hardware cloth
  • Pneumatic stapler
  • Drill bit to drill hole in legs for casters


  • 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

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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!

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  • Larissa Haynes

    Fantastic DIY and so CHIC!

    • CherTexter

      Thanks, Larissa! Now to get the garden to produce as I want it to fill it up… 🙂

  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    I could use one of these in my cold room but yours is far too pretty to be kept in a basement. Excellent tutorial!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Marie! It will be a great place to keep my potatoes so the dog doesn’t eat them! 🙂

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  • Domestically Speaking

    Love it! I think when your fruits and veggies are insight you’re more likely to eat them too… smart!

    • CherTexter

      Exactly my thinking, too, ha ha! 🙂

  • Paula@SweetPea

    This would be so useful in my pantry. I love the graphic that you added.

    • CherTexter

      Thank you, Paula! I’ve already put it to good use!

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  • My Repurposed Life

    nice job Cher! I love Gorilla Glue, and how you have it upside down… sometimes I get so impatient waiting for it to get to the spout.

    • CherTexter

      Gorilla Glue is my favorite and I made the holder especially for the bottle. I think it is time for a new holder because the hole is full of – you know – “accidents” where I left the cap open!

  • Christy James

    What a great project, Cher! last year we had cucumbers for miles and this sure would have been helpful! XO

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Christy! That is my goal for the garden this year – to fill the bin! 🙂

  • Wendi Wachtel

    Loving this veggie bin! I thought of using it as a planter too, like a dry sink. I think I’d have a hard time choosing between the two 🙂

    • CherTexter

      Build TWO, Wendi!! They are cheap and easy, ha ha! 🙂

      • Tracy Hoover

        I love this veggie bin! About how much would it cost to make one?

        • CherTexter

          Hi, Tracy! Thanks so much! This veggie bin would cost roughly $25 to $30 to make. Hope this helps! 🙂

  • Refresh Restyle

    You had me at bin on wheels! Such a great idea!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much! I like that I can wheel it out of the way though if I can fill it, I might leave it out! 🙂

  • Using the mesh so the veggies can get air flow is so smart!

    • CherTexter

      Thanks, Kim! Hopefully, it will keep them fresher for a longer period of time! 🙂

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