In this Instructable I'll show you how to make Sliding Wood Crate Storage. It's a perfect addition to any small or narrow closet to gain some extra space. And you don't need many tools to make it either!
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Step 1: Gather Your Materials and Tools
- (3) 18" Full Extension Drawer Slides
- (4) Large Wood Crates
- (1) Half Wood Crate
- (2) Small Wood Crates
- (2) 8' 1x4 pine furring strips
- Chalkboard Stickers
- 1-5/8 Wood Screws
- Wall Anchors
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Step 2: Strengthen the Crates
I started by strengthening the crates. I pried the bottom slats away then put glue on them for added strength. I put an extra brad nail in each slat to help it stat put and dry.
Next i cut 2 18" pieces from a 1x4 for each crate. I screwed them to the top and bottom of the right sides of the crate with 1-5/8" screws.
Step 3: Paint the Crates (optional)
I painted the crates to give the closet some color. This trigger handle is an awesome addition to make spray cans perform better.
Step 4: Install Mounting Cleats
I cut 2 39-1/2" cleats from a 1x4 and mounted them in the closet.
I mounted the back one right in the corner with 2-1/2" screws. The front cleat went 18-1/2" from the back wall (to the front of cleat) and I attached it with wall anchors since I couldn't hit a stud.
Step 5: Mount Slides to Crates
I cut a space that was 6" by 18-1/2" and used it to mark the location for the slides on the crates. I drew a line on the top of the bottom of the spacer which gave me exactly parallel and spaced mounting lines.
I separated the slides and installed the extension piece on the crates using the lines to center the slides.
Step 6: Mount Slides to Wall
Using the same spacer I marked the position for the drawer slides on the cleats. This means the slides will be lined up exactly with the crate-side slide parts when I install them.
I spaced the second and third set of slides 6" below the slide above it.
Step 7: Install the Wood Crates
With all the slides mounted now I simply slide the crates into the mating slides on the wall.
I loaded them up and installed some labels on them for organization. It's worked out great and each crate can hold at least 20lbs. I did a weight test in the video if you'd like to see it here:
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