Can you make a Wood Crate for $1.50? Sure you can. This is how you do it.
Go to craigslist and look for free pallets in your area. I found at least 3 places that were giving them away. Just make sure that slabs of wood on the pallet are in good condition. I personally grabbed two, but I will go back for more soon. Go to HomeDepot and buy a pack of nails for $1.50. I bought some glue as well but this is optional. Now comes the hardest part; breaking down the pallet to get your wood. I’m sure you can figure out how to do this.
Start the Assembly
Lets start by gathering our tools and cutting all of the pieces needed down to size.
Making the base
Grab three 20 inch pieces and your two 10 inch pieces for the base plate and square them up and nail them down. Make sure each 20 inch slab is nailed to the 10 inch piece.
Making the long side of the walls
Making the shorter walls
Note: If you are going to use wood glue, apply it first, then nail the walls together.
Note: I didn’t show the shorter walls but you get the idea. Make sure it is squared away. Remember, the shorter walls will fit right into place after you assemble the longer walls first.
Adding Some Custom Handles
I have a some OD Green paracord lying around so I decided to add some simple handles to the crate.
I made this because I needed a way to keep some basic tools in the back of my Mini van. It only cost me about $1.50 to make and it is pretty sweet if I do say so myself. More cool things like this to come.