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Free DIY Woodworking Plans for a Plywood Multi-Use Crate

Looking for a quick and easy weekend project? I’ve got just the project for you! A multitude of these crates can be whipped out in a weekend… Use them for storing logs by the fireplace, books and magazines, corral wayward school supplies, etc. Plus, in true DbSC form, they are virtual blank slates to be finished however you choose – why not use pallet boards for the front and back pieces? Or maybe sand, distress, then stencil the crate? How about leaving the wood in its natural color then applying paste wax to protect it? The possibilities are endless and I plan on constructing a few of these beauties for myself!

free DIY woodworking plans for a plywood multi use crate_Copy

Materials:

  • 1″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • 1″ hole saw or spade bit
  • Jigsaw
  • Finishing supplies

Lumber:

  • 1 full sheet of 1/2″ plywood should yield three crates (another project perfect for PureBond plywood!!)

Cut List:

  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 15-1/4″ x 20-1/2″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 11″ x 15-1/4″ – Sides
  • 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 11″ x 22-1/2″ – Front & Back
  • 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 3-1/2″ x 16-1/4″ – Bottom Runners

free DIY woodworking plans for a plywood multi use crate

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the piece for the bottom. Using a table saw, cut a 2 degree bevel in each shorter end. This will allow the sides to sit at an angle and match the angle of the front and back pieces.

free DIY woodworking plans for a plywood multi use crate_Bottom 

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the sides. Cut a 2 degree angle in the bottom edges. Mark the position for the handles. They will measure 1″ high by 6″ wide on center (actual measurement including “circles” will measure 7″). Using the 1″ hole saw or spade bit, cut two 1″ circles. Connect the circles at the top and bottom by drawing a line, then cutting along the line with a jigsaw. Attach the sides to the bottom using glue and 1″ brad nails.

free DIY woodworking plans for a plywood multi use crate_Sides 

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the front and back as shown. Attach to the sides and bottom using glue and 1″ brad nails.

free DIY woodworking plans for a plywood multi use crate_Front & Back 

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the bottom runners. Attach to the bottom of the crate using glue and 1″ brad nails.

free DIY woodworking plans for a plywood multi use crate_Feet 

Finish as desired!

Put these free DIY woodworking plans for a plywood Multi-Use Crate to good use – these are fabulous crates to use for firewood, coralling toys, or even laundry!  Do you plan on building a crate or two? Share it with me when you’re finished!! I’d love to see the final results – cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com

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Originally posted 2013-08-23 08:00:29.

Designs by Studio C is your DIY connection to How-To information, DIY projects and free furniture plans. Have questions about the plans? Contact me at cher@designsbystudioc.com!
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