1. KT
    May 1, 2015 @ 12:20 pm

    Steve, very nice. I had built a similar project with 1×4 furring strips. Different build technique with more panel glue-ups. The first edition didn’t have the finger holes. The second (not posted online yet) has the same finger holes. Must be a good sign that this mere mortal woodworker is coming up with good project ideas.


  2. Lubomir
    May 1, 2015 @ 1:28 pm

    Hello Steve from Czech Rep.
    It is a perfect idea as usual! I will try to make it too. I have only one comment. I feel it would look better five or three wood crate bookshelves on the wall maybe..

    By the way I hope to win Ice Hockey World Championship 🙂


  3. Lubomir
    May 1, 2015 @ 1:37 pm

    Hello Steve from Czech Rep.
    nice idea as usual. I will try make too. But maybe three or five this wood crate bookshelves.
    By the way I hope so we win Ice Hockey World Championship:)


  4. Andrew
    May 1, 2015 @ 10:42 pm

    LOVE this. We were looking at some crates this week at [insert name of ridiculously large retailer here] and I was laughing at the “quality” of the lumber and assembly. Have a bunch of scrap 1x4s sitting around and some plywood from (failed) attempts to make some table saw sleds.

    Now I know how I’m spending the rest of my weekend.

  5. Ted
    May 7, 2015 @ 11:14 pm

    Hi Steve, Just completed my first 2 crates. I still need to attach the labels and stain them They look good. Hope the sell in my fleamarket booth. I’ll let ya know. Keep up the good work. We need more artists like you. Thanks again, Ted

    • Steve Ramsey
      May 8, 2015 @ 5:29 am

      Awesome! Let us know how they sell.

  6. Tony
    May 13, 2015 @ 8:31 am

    Nice project. I’m always worried about the finish being blotchy when staining pine. How’d you manage such a good look without conditioner?

    • Steve Ramsey
      May 13, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

      It’s pretty blotchy, but I kind of like that effect on the crates. Usually, I would use a conditioner though.

  7. Delores Lyon
    July 15, 2015 @ 10:31 am

    Thanks for sharing this guide on making wooden crates! It is definitely nice that you can assemble so many crates pretty easily with plywood. However, I don’t have something that can cut wood this precisely. Do you think it would be a better idea for me to just buy crates, or should I go out and buy a cheaper saw? Either way, I am open to suggestions!

    • Orchid
      March 25, 2017 @ 9:28 pm

      Seems to me you could easily get the good people at Home Depot or [some large home improvement], at their lumber yard, to cut a long plank into the right number of Sized-pieces. This is what they’re supposed to do anyway. (Ok, and tip the person who does the cutting, and you’ve saved yourself lots of time and expense!)

  8. Stephen Adams
    January 4, 2016 @ 6:39 pm

    Thanks for including so many steps and details like the provincial stain. I’ve been looking for a good project to start this weekend. Those fruit labels are a really nice touch. I would like to see what other kinds of vintage images would go well on the crates.

  9. Jason Strong
    February 22, 2016 @ 3:25 pm

    I’ve seen people do some really cool stuff with pallets and wooden crates and it made me want to try it out as well. I don’t have any wooden crates though, so I figured that I could just make my own boxes. I wasn’t sure how to go about making these boxes, but after seeing the steps here about how to make them, I feel much better about trying it out.

  10. Rob Drummond
    March 30, 2016 @ 8:10 pm

    Would this be strong enough for someone to stand on? What adjustments would you make?

    • Ryan
      May 13, 2016 @ 4:32 am

      They are definitely strong enough for someone to stand on.

  11. masonoutward
    May 21, 2018 @ 8:45 am

    I bought plans from woodprix and I made it very fast.