Introduction: Easy Fruit/Veggie Holder

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I have been wanting to make something simple to hold all my fruits and veggies, so I quickly built a very easy wooden storage rack. Visit my website for other DIY/woodworking projects!

Step 1: Cutting the Sides

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I had some 1/2″ poplar left over from another build so I decided to use that for this project. I cut the boards to 3 1/2″ wide on the table saw then I used my miter saw to cut them to 9 3/4" long with a 20 degree angle on both ends. Since I wanted two baskets I cut a total of four.

Step 2: Cutting the Slats

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Next I cut a few thin strips, with my table saw, to make some slats. I made my slats 1 1/8″ wide. Once I had those cut, I used my mitersaw to cut them to length at 14 1/4″.

Step 3: Attaching the Slats

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With the slats cut to length, I used glue and my brad nailer to attach them. I just eye balled my placement, but they are roughly 3/4″ apart. I started with the bottom then moved to the sides.

Step 4: Stacking the Baskets

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With the baskets done, I first cut down a board to 2 1/2″ with my table saw, then cut two lengths of 12 1/2″. Then I used glue and screws to attach the boards to the sides of the baskets. I used four on each side.

For a finish I used a raw linseed oil and beeswax polish. Then I filled it full of fruits and veggies then stuck it in my kitchen!

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jkb_6 made it! (author)2017-08-12

I made it last night in a couple of hours. Pretty easy....directions were great. Wine was a fruit at one point right????

JeremyD85 made it! (author)2017-04-12

Instructions were great, super simple. I used a summer oak stain and matte polyurethane finish. I also put oak plugs on the wood screws to have a more finished look on the sides.

I made this for my wife's and my 4th anniversary, traditional gift is fruit or flowers for the 4th. Thought this would be a great tie in, also we have a bowl for fruit and it holds one bunch of bananas and a few apples before it is out of space, so this will be amazing on our countertop. Can't wait to give it to her tomorrow!

CrimsonDesign (author)2017-03-08

If i extended the slats to 20" do you think they would need a support in the middle?

Allresidential (author)2015-11-03

I'm going to tackle this, this weekend.

smokeandshad0w made it! (author)2015-08-09

Super simple to make and I loved building it. I made mine out of pine. Your instructions were perfect! Thank you for sharing how to make this! It now has a happy home on my kitchen counter filled with potatoes and onions

charleyrocknroll (author)2015-08-03

okay, you have ignited my "woodworker flame" from shop class in 1970. I am now on the hunt for used table saw, mitre saw, and brad nailer. Simple projects like this, will help with my recovery from a severe mental disorder. Hopefully, I can find a woodworking design people would like to purchase. A cottage business in the making.

fred3655 (author)2015-07-11

Caution... do NOT use pallet wood for this. Most of it has had chemicals applied. Great idea. I am definitely building this.

Not true. The ones treated are stamped. Most are NOT treated. A small percentage are. And its usually pesticides. I look out for these when burning in the wood stove.

April Wilkerson (author)fred36552015-07-11

Yep, good advice.

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dmshropshire made it! (author)2015-07-18

0$ Thanks for sharing! Been needing something like this.

MahmoudTolba (author)2015-07-11

Amazing work and awesome workshop :)

Thanks for the detailed video.

Sunglowart (author)2015-07-09

Looks wonderful!

: ) Thanks

tracerx11 (author)2015-07-09

I love it! About how much does it cost in wood?

I only used scraps for this project so I spent zero. However, if you were to buy the wood, I would think around $20 if you went with poplar. This really is a great project for scrap though!

chris higgins (author)2015-07-08

great idea looks like im building it real soon

Sajjad Ahmed (author)2015-07-08

Looks very neat. I like it!

tomatoskins (author)2015-07-08

This looks so cool! I love the two tier look to it, excellent space saver!

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