Introduction: Stackable Storage Crates
I needed simple storage capability in my garage. I also wanted versatility. So I came up with this idea for storage.
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Table saw /
Drill / Screw Gun (and bits)
1/8" spacer (2)
Measure Tape / Pencil
2" wood screws
8' 1x12 board ($9.50)
8' 1x6 ($5.50)
8' 1x4 ($3.30)
8' 2x2 ($1.60)
The size I decided on was 12" deep x 14" high x 22" long.
Step 3: Here We Go...
Remember this is the crate size I wanted. 12"D x 14"H x 22"L
Cut two pcs of 1x12 14" long
Cut two pcs of 1x4 22" long
Cut one pc of 1x6 22" long
Cut two pcs of 2x2 11" long
Cut two pcs of 2x2 6" long
Step 4: Custom Cut Middle Piece
I laid out two 1x4s with the 1x6 in the middle.
I placed two pcs of sheet metal scraps (1/8") on both sides of 1x6.
The width of the 3 boards ere wider than the 12" sides, so I removed 1" width from 1x6
Then I used one clamp in the center of the 3 boards (with spacers for EZ interlocking afterward)
Step 5: Sides
I used center guide of table saw to butt end of 3 boards end evenly.
Place the 1x12 upright and the longer 2x2 on inside. Scribe. Drill pilot hole & secure the two 1x4s only
(center board will be used for top center.
Then make pilot holes and secure 1x12 to the 2x2... becareful to place screws so they dont interfere with first 2 screws.
Spin opposite side base to guide rail and repeat
Step 6: Top Rail
Using Speed Square, I ran lines from middle of center 1x6 to the top of 1x12 on both sides.
Place long side of crate against guide rail & secure the 6" 2x2 with 2 screws
...Hold center of 2x2 to the center line drawn earlier and clamp, drill pilot holes & screw
Same on other side. ...NOTE>>> At this point, make sure everything is SQUARE!!!
1x12s can tilt AND base can still be moved out of square into a trapazoid
Step 7: Last Suggestion
I left a small lip on both sides, just in case I decided later on to add a full or partial back, and/or a small front panel for rolling things I may place there.
I DO APOLOGIZE for lack of incremental photos of process. I wasnt sure if this idea would work as well as it did. But seeing how simple this is to make, Im sure thepics I DO have will make this instructable clear
Step 8: Finished & Ready-2-stack
You'll need an xtra 1x6 to keep on the floor so bottom crates will have solid floor...
I'm going back to LOWES for more lumber and fill up the whole wall in garage!!... i hope this is usefull to someone