DIY Tools Crate | Wood working and just a fun project

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In this project I just wanted to have a little fun with a Walmart wood crate. For some time now I had my tool slaying around everywhere so I decided it's time for them to have a "home" so here it is. I hope you enjoy it!

Things you will need:

  • Wood Crate
  • 60 grit sand paper
  • Paper stencil of your choice
  • Razor blade
  • Punch tools
  • Hammer
  • Torch or a heat gun
  • Wood stain
  • Tung Oil

Step 1: Sanding rough edges

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First of all I needed to sand the rough edges on that crate, with a 60 grit paper, just to make it look a little cleaner.

Step 2: Paper stencil

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I just printed out what I wanted to write on my crate and taped it to the box. P.S. "DIY Tools" in 150 point font.

Then I took a razor blade and cut hard through the paper to retrace my design to the wood. It's a very soft wood so the whole thing was easy to do.

Step 3: Punch tools

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At first I was going to carve out the words but then saw that my carving tool very all dull from another project ( carving a jack rabbit on my 22LR rifle stock) So I decided to go with a cheep solution of just punching the design in. I used punch tools I had laying around but I could have use just about anything, like: nails, screwdriver, knife, or anything small enough in diameter for the job. Took me about 5-7 min to do.

Step 4: Distress by fire!

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I was too lazy to go to the store and get a propane torch so I just used a heat gun at a 1100 F to give that crate a little bit of a distressed look. Just for fun. Time spent about 20-25 min.

Step 5: Wood stain

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As you can see I used a wood stain to get rid of the lame white color of that crate. I like to see a deeper and richer colors and have a deeper wood grain popping out. I think it worked out pretty well, but that's not all! Hold on and see the last step...

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bwells138 months ago
Looks great and seems like a great idea for any sort of storage solution
SlavicFMJ (author)  bwells138 months ago

Originally I was going to make book shelf out of 4-6 of them but because they are kinda pricey I went with this one. Maybe next time I will build something like that.

fzumrk8 months ago

I like the selective wood burning with the heat gun idea.

SlavicFMJ (author)  fzumrk8 months ago

Thanks, I only burned it on the edges and a little bit around the words, trying to make wood look older. Thanks for checking this out!