How to Make Wooden Crates for $1.64 Each

Wooden crates are a versatile and popular item that can be used for storage, decor, and more. In this project, you’ll learn how to make two different styles of wooden crates for only $1.64 each.

These crates are not only cost-effective to build but also have a high profit margin, making them a great product to sell. Follow this guide to create your own wooden crates.

Full How To Build Video

Design and Structure

The crates feature a simple yet functional design that is easy to construct. You can customize the size and finish to suit your needs. This project will cover the basic steps to build two styles of crates.

Material Selection

For this project, you will need:

  • Pine or any affordable wood (1x4s and 2x2s)
  • Wood screws or nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain or paint (optional)

Building Techniques

  1. Cutting the Wood: Start by cutting the wood to the desired dimensions. For a standard crate, cut the 1x4s for the sides and the 2x2s for the corners and supports. Ensure all pieces are cut evenly to ensure a sturdy assembly.
  2. Assembling the Frame: Begin by attaching the 1×4 side pieces to the 2×2 corner supports. Use wood glue and screws or nails to secure the joints. Repeat this step for both styles of crates.
  3. Adding the Bottom Slats: Attach the bottom slats to the frame. Ensure they are evenly spaced and securely fastened. Use wood glue and screws or nails for added stability.
  4. Sanding the Crates: Sand all surfaces of the crates to remove any rough edges and ensure a smooth finish. Pay special attention to the corners and edges to prevent any splinters.
  5. Finishing the Crates: If desired, apply a stain or paint to the crates to give them a finished look. Allow the finish to dry completely before using or selling the crates.

Technical Considerations

When building wooden crates, consider the following technical aspects:

  • Measurements: Ensure all pieces are cut to the same length for even assembly.
  • Stability: Use wood glue in addition to screws or nails for a stronger bond.
  • Finish: Choose a finish that complements the wood and fits the intended use of the crates.

Aesthetic and Practical Appeal

These wooden crates are not only functional but also have a rustic charm that makes them appealing for home decor and storage solutions. Their simple construction and high profit margin make them an excellent product to sell at craft fairs, online, or in local shops.

Building these wooden crates is a straightforward and rewarding project that can be completed in a short amount of time. With minimal tools and materials, you can create a versatile and profitable product. So gather your materials and start building your own wooden crates today!