Picture of Man Crate (gift crate)
This Christmas I wanted to give gifts to the men in my family in a more unique and fun way. Of course this is not limited to gifts for men. I came up with a solid wooden crate that utilized a mini prybar in order to get to the goods within (they also got to keep the prybar afterwards). The gift was practically free, using a pallet (you know how popular pallet projects are right now) and other tools and nails I already had.

The instructions that follow are meant to be more of a guideline. Pallet wood come in all kinds of thicknesses and widths and you may have to adjust your design to fit your materials.
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Step 1: What you will need


  • 1 Pallet (this was enough to make 2 MAN CRATES, but will depend on the size you make the crate and how large the pallet is)
  • gift to be contained in MAN CRATE
  • mini prybar (optional) to open the gift and to give away with gift

  • prybar
  • hammer
  • saw (I used a table saw with a homemade cross-cut sled, but any other saw will work, i.e. circular saw, mitre saw, band saw, jig saw or a good old fashioned handsaw)
  • nails (I used an air nailer with brads, but some finish nails with a hammer will work just as well. The reason I used brads or suggest finish nails is to leave a smaller hole in the wood so they basically become invisible.)
  • sandpaper (120 or 80 grit)
  • tape measure/ruler
  • pencil/pen
  • spray paint (optional)
  • cardstock or cardboard for stencils (optional)
nacho21006 months ago

where did you find the crowbars?

110_Design (author)  nacho21005 months ago
Sears. They are Craftsman.

Damn awesome design, just in time for father's day. Thanks!

blademaster996 months ago

Cool design. Now I know what im gonna put my familys christmas presents in (pry bar not included)

George186111 months ago
awesome idea, might use this as a cool looking way for transporting robots
SlavicFMJ11 months ago

Great Idea, thanks for sharing

vladivastok11 months ago


Crusader6811 months ago

I really enjoy recycle projects, and this one was excellent.

Partybot11 months ago
Great idea and nice execution. I'll definitely try it.
rhino11 months ago

What a great idea to make and sell at yard sales. It would also be great with a toy dinosaur inside like you are shipping it from Jurassic Park.

ktperk11 months ago
My brother and I are always trying to one up each other when it comes to wrapping our Christmas presents to each other. Last cristmas my present from him was wrapped in 20 boxes, all individually wrapped (think Russian nesting doll).

I think next Christmas I'll be making a few of these, one inside the other, but I'll be using wood glue and lag bolts. Great instructable.
RCS8211 months ago

Great build. I just made up something similar for my bro's b-day. Mine was based on an old Martini-Henry cartridge case though. Your's seems a bit less complicated. Nice.

tommywizard11 months ago

Super! My son in law loves the likes of Call of Duty and all that army stuff so will be using this guide for his birthday present! Awesome idea :)

110_Design (author)  tommywizard11 months ago

Awesome! Be sure to add a photo of the finished project. Would love to see it!

HollyMann11 months ago

Love the man crate...just wondering what you put inside! :)))

110_Design (author)  HollyMann11 months ago

I gave a total of 4 of these out during the Christmas Season. The things inside ranged from bungee cords, glue, small clamps, microfiber cloths, utility knives, small liquor bottles, work gloves, goof off, electrical tape, etc.

rwhoward6911 months ago
great job! great idea!