But can they be elevated, aesthetically and practically? I've tried before, and came up with a quick wall-mounted solution. Recently, I came into a trove of crates while demo-ing out an old building at work. I wanted to come up with a piece of free-standing milk crate furniture that didn't look cheap.
The Milk Crate Credenza is light, strong, and handsome enough, reveling in rugged simplicity. A beautiful wood top contrasts with the cold, clean plastic while tying the crates together structurally. Made with little more than a drill and zip-ties, it took about two hours to put together.
Milk crates are not free for the taking from behind stores. Those stores, or the dairy companies, pay for the crates, and when they go missing, it hits the bottom line. Be respectful. Ask. Shop owners may part with a few lightly damaged ones. New crates are available all over the internet, at dozens of sites. Thrift stores, record shops, and dumpsters are other solid sources. If it is not directly behind an establishment that sells or uses milk, then it is probably abandoned to the world and available to take. Check out Milkcrate Digest for more info on legally acquiring crates.
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You will need these materials:
3-5 milk crates
1 piece of 1" x 12" material, about 4' long, or plywood, etc.
Wood finish of your choice
You will need these tools:
Angle grinder, Dremel, or hacksaw
Circular saw or table saw
Wire nippers or scissors