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There are commercial alternatives to this table but they tend to be rather pricey. Making it yourself with save you some money and of course be much more fun. The project will probably take about 3 hours to complete. Maybe a little more if you have to work on the crates before they are presentable.
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Step 1: Go shopping

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Before getting started you probably need to go shopping. This is what you need.

1. Four crates
2. Spare wood or one extra crate for material
3. Wood tint for the base. Try to match the color of the crates but it doesn't have to be perfect. The base will be underneath.
4. Mounting angles (see later steps)
5. Short furniture/bed legs

Step 2: Mount crates

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Screw the four crates together short-en on long-end like in the picture. You may have to be a little creative and do small adjustments as the crates may not be 100% symetrical.

Step 3: Make the frame

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Take measurements on the crates and make a square frame as in the picture. Make it a little smaller (about 5-10 cm) than the crates so the frame won't be too visible. A cross in the middle was added after the pic (to make it stronger. See next step.

Step 4: Tint

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Tint the frame

Step 5: Screw the legs onto the frame

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Step 6: Attach frame to crates

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If you have a nicer side of crates, make sure it it face-down then screw the frame onto the crates. Use screws of a length that won't go all the way through.

Step 7: The hole in the middle

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There are lot's of things you can do with the center hole. E. g. stick a lamp in it, make a table top if you material from a fith crate or as in this example make a small mini table about 5 cm lower than the top of the crates. The U-frame rests on the floor and the tree boards across make the table. The boards are tinted in the same colour as the base.
japrechaun10 months ago

I make tons of stuff out of pallets and if you cant find apple crates they're super easy to make. I just spent the day making some actually. I'll have to do an Instructable.

Did you ever make a "Instructable" on how to make the apple crates?

I really like the way this looks. Very rustic. I was wondering where you got the crates from?!


I used your Instructable to make this last night with my dad (and my dog, haha) although we did change the way the bottom was put together, as you can see in the picture. I just got a 10 foot long 2 x4 and had it cut into 5 equal pieces at the hardware store and put them together by laying 3 in one direction and then stacking the other 2 in the other direction. This had the added benefit of making the table a bit taller, which I wanted. I also put casters on it to make it easier to move around. I actually wanted to put even bigger ones on it, but they were twice as much as these ones. Anyways, I still have to stain it, as you can see in the picture, but overall it came out great! I might also eventually get a piece of glass to put on the top and put some LEDs in the center part!

Very beautiful! What are the cylinders you put in one of the compartments?
ehsmaes (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks! The cylinders are some sort of building material. It's like a hollow brick.I don't know the proper name. Wine bottles fit nicely :-)
Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!