Apple Crate Coffee Table




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There are commercial alternatives to this table but they tend to be rather pricey. Making it yourself with save you some money and of course be much more fun. The project will probably take about 3 hours to complete. Maybe a little more if you have to work on the crates before they are presentable.

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Step 1: Go Shopping

Before getting started you probably need to go shopping. This is what you need.

1. Four crates
2. Spare wood or one extra crate for material
3. Wood tint for the base. Try to match the color of the crates but it doesn't have to be perfect. The base will be underneath.
4. Mounting angles (see later steps)
5. Short furniture/bed legs

Step 2: Mount Crates

Screw the four crates together short-en on long-end like in the picture. You may have to be a little creative and do small adjustments as the crates may not be 100% symetrical.

Step 3: Make the Frame

Take measurements on the crates and make a square frame as in the picture. Make it a little smaller (about 5-10 cm) than the crates so the frame won't be too visible. A cross in the middle was added after the pic (to make it stronger. See next step.

Step 4: Tint

Tint the frame

Step 5: Screw the Legs Onto the Frame

See pic's

Step 6: Attach Frame to Crates

If you have a nicer side of crates, make sure it it face-down then screw the frame onto the crates. Use screws of a length that won't go all the way through.

Step 7: The Hole in the Middle

There are lot's of things you can do with the center hole. E. g. stick a lamp in it, make a table top if you material from a fith crate or as in this example make a small mini table about 5 cm lower than the top of the crates. The U-frame rests on the floor and the tree boards across make the table. The boards are tinted in the same colour as the base.

Step 8: End Result

Put something nice in the middle, e. g. candles (be safe), nice round rocks, a bowl of peanuts...

If you don't like the gaps between the boards, have a 1cm thick piece of glass cut to measurement and put it on top.


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11 Discussions


2 years ago

it's amazing but can't you tell us how to make it in that color in video see the video please and see the color..

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Reply 2 years ago

Sorry, I don't know about that color. I guess you have to take inspiration from the video and make your own project out of it.


3 years ago

I would love to have the sizes of the boxes, I´m from Brazil so we don´t have the same crates!! I´m planning to built one for my mother!! If you could send me measurement of the crates I would make a happy mom!!!


3 years ago

Made one myself and can't thank you enough for the able!

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4 years ago

Hi, Where did you get the crates from?


5 years ago on Introduction

I make tons of stuff out of pallets and if you cant find apple crates they're super easy to make. I just spent the day making some actually. I'll have to do an Instructable.

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I really like the way this looks. Very rustic. I was wondering where you got the crates from?!


Thanks! The cylinders are some sort of building material. It's like a hollow brick.I don't know the proper name. Wine bottles fit nicely :-)