How To Make Apple Crates From Reclaimed Pallet Wood
My Completed Vintage Apple Crates
Vintage Apple Crates As Primitive Home Décor
Before I get into providing basic instructions for making vintage apple crates from reclaimed pallet wood, I wanted to provide a brief synopsis on how I decided to take on this cool recycling project. The primitive, rustic or vintage home décor theme has really gained popularity of the past few years. It seems the more weathered the wood or the more rust or petina an item has the more desirable it is. My sister has been making primitive crafts for the last 10 years. She is really talented and puts a lot of work and attention to detail into each item she makes.
I came across 25 or 30 old discarded wood pallets and was not sure what I could do with them. I contacted my sister and she suggested I make apple crates out of the reclaimed pallet wood. She indicated that wooden apple crates were really popular with people that decorated their home in a primitive theme. She suggested I do a little research on the internet and I would find plenty of examples of wooden apple crates and how people used them to decorate.
My sister was right! It was not difficult at all to find information on apple crates. I was able to find instances of apple crates being used for vintage wine storage, vinyl record storage and even apple crate shelving taking up an entire wall. I was really impressed with people's talent and eye for decorating.
How To Dismantle A Pallet
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Side View Of Apple Crates
Making Apple Crates
The first thing I want to stress is that I am not a gifted or really talented wood worker! I have very basic construction skills. I can swing a hammer, turn a screwdriver, use a drill and use a saw. So, needless to say, building apple crates is NOT a difficult project. The hardest task in building apple crates is dismantling the wood pallets in order to reclaim the wood. I tried just about every way possible in an effort to find the easiest way to break down a pallet. The easiest way I came across that provided the most usable reclaimed wood was using a saws-all with a heavy duty blade. I was told at the hardware store that the blade I selected was utilized by fire rescue to extract an injured person from a vehicle.
After I dismantled a few pallets, I had the wood I needed to make a few apple crates. The tools needed: cut saw, jig saw, nail gun and measuring tape. Remember me saying this project was easy? Here is proof. You only need (2) different sizes of boards. You will need to cut (10) 24" boards and (6) 12" boards. The 24" boards will be the long part of the crates with the 12" boards used to make the ends. (2) of the 12" boards need to be cut using a jigsaw for the carrying end boards. I used a small lid off of butter container to place on 12" board and trace a handle out. Once you have completed the necessary cuts and have your boards ready you simply nail the pieces together. The long boards are assembled on the inside of the end boards as shown in the photo.
If you are going to be using the finished crates in your home you may want to sand the rough areas down. I guess you could stain them, but none of the people that bought apple crates from me wanted them stained. They liked the natural vintage look. So there you have it. Basic instructions on making your own vintage apple crates from reclaimed pallet wood. Have fun!
I also utilize pallet wood to make chicken coops. So, be sure to check out my DIY Chicken Coop Tips website for more information. And be sure to check back often as I try to provide updated photos, plans and tips for building durable and long lasting chicken coops that your laying hens will be proud to call home!