Not everyone is able to source wine crates, so for those of you who want to make storage projects using wine crates, we show you how to make a wine crate from scratch. We used offcuts for our wine crate shown here, but you can have all the pieces you need cut to size at your local hardware store or timber merchant.
GOOD TO KNOW
To avoid waste, make more than one and make use of a full sheet of board.
There are so many ideas for using wine crates to make a coffee table or as storage for in and around a home. But what if you can't find wine crates, or if you do, they are overpriced or expensive. As an alternative, you can always grab some offcuts of timber and board and make your own wine crates.
YOU WILL NEED:
To make one wine crate:
1 of 10 x 44mm PAR pine - 2,4m length cut to 6 x 400mm long strips
2 of 250 x 300mm laminated pine shelving
1 of 250 x 400mm supawood - or any other piece of scrap timber or board
No More Nails adhesive
Woodoc antique oak gel stain
Woodoc antique wax
1. Position three side strips along the edge of both sides as shown. Use one of the spare side strips as a spacer to align the strips nicely. Lift each strip and apply some No More Nails adhesive to the edge. Let this dry for 10 minutes.
2. After 10 minutes you can hammer in panel pins to firmly secure the side strips to the edge. Hold the strips firmly just in case the adhesive is not completely dry.
Repeat this process for the other side.
3. Turn the crate upside down and use panel pins to attach the base to the side sections.
Here is what your finished wine crate should look like at this stage.
4. Because we want our wine crates to look old there are various techniques that you can use to age new wood. For this project we used a Dremel VersaFlame to burn the edges. Don't hold too close - it's actually hotter at the end of the flame. Apply more burn effect to the edges and around the edges. Continue to burn all around the edges and over the flat surfaces until it looks really ugly. The burnt areas will stand out nicely once we proceed with the next step.
Here is the wine crate after being slightly singed with the Dremel VersaFlame. To finish off, use gel stain in your choice of colour and wipe down with antique wax for an authentic finish to your project.
Now that you know how easy it is to make your own wine crates you can get cracking on those storage projects you have been wanting to do.