Introduction: Tweaked Up Fruit Crate
First,I take no credit for this design.Think I saw it on u-tube,dont remember,its ben a couple years.I take my pallets apart with a sawsall,then punch the cut nails out.I have a coffee can full of nail heads.Im all about using the whole pallet,so this project will start using them.The metal banding used came with a pallet.This is a table saw project,respect your tools and use proper safety precautions.
Step 1: Tools & Supplys
various drill bits 3/16 & 7/64
approx 11' pallet boards
16 nail heads from pallets
stain(I used special walnut)
label (labels can be found for free,google "vitntage friut label")
Step 2: Cut Wood
Table saw time.Rip your boards to 3" wide,make cuts from boards.You will also need to rip a 3/4"x3/4" piece.
(4) 12"x3" sides
(4) 8" 1/2"x3" ends
(3) 10" 3/4" x 3" bottom
(4) 5"x3/4" corners
Step 3: Sand
Sand all pieces.I hate sanding.
Step 4: Cut Handles
Cut centered half circles on 2 of the 8 1/2"x3".This can be done with a jigsaw.After cutting sand edges .(I was to lazy to use my router.)
Step 5: Put It Toghter
Start by nailing the 5"x3/4" to the 8"x3".Hold the 5" flush to the outside edge of sides,keeping the handle on top.Its pretty straightforward assembly after that.You do have to rip one of the bottom boards,I did the center one.
Step 6: Stain
Stain it up.
Step 7: Install Metal Bands
I cut the bands 5 7/8" to keep the sharp edges clear of hands.Drill 4 holes per band on 1" centers.I used a 3/16th bit for this.Place the bands 1 3/4" from sides,then use a 7/64th bit to drill holes in the wood.I put a stop on the bit so as to not drill through.Cool,almost done.Pound nails in.
Step 8: Attatch Your Label
Print out your label of choice and use spray adhesive to attach.I tryed the ink transfer thing but after wasting 2 ink cartridges and alot of time I found this method works just fine for me.
Any questions hit me up.