Introduction: Easy Shelves From Old Wooden Crates
A friend of mine lives across the street from a wine distributor, and recently found a heap of wooden wine-boxes on the sidewalk. Knowing that his clever DIY friends would probably want them, he dragged them in to his garage, then called his friends.
I grabbed as many as I could, and dragged them to my shop.
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Step 1: The Stuff!
- 8 Wooden Wine Crates
- A bunch of A-Clamps
- A drill
- A 1/4" drill bit
- Fistful of cable ties
Step 2: Rough Assembly
I figured out how I wanted to arrange the crates, then I roughly stacked them together - securing them with A-Clamps.
After I was happy with my positioning of the clamps and crates, I started mapping sets of holes for the cable ties to thread through. I wanted to make sure every adjacent wall would be secured to one another. Check out the image notes to understand where I was mapping my hole pattern.
Step 3: Fasten With Cable Ties.
I spaced the holes about two inches apart from eachother, and punched through both wine crates on each shared wall. After I made the holes, I threaded the cable ties through the holes, and secured the boxes to one another.
I secured the whole thing as I went, every time I made a set of holes, I would secure it with a cable tie - this way, I could move the same three clamps around as I went.
I was left with all these annoying staples in the fronts of the boxes, so I ripped them out with a pair of pliers. They are a bit tough to remove, this part of the project probably took the longest ;-D
This is the most secure/fastest shelf system I have ever built, and I plan to bust out a few more for other parts of my shop.