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How to Build Custom Rustic Box Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Making custom rustic wooden box crates is super easy. You can build your crates to fit in a book case or use them as drawers in a cabinet. When I was giving my IKEA cabinet a makeover, I chose to remove a door and build custom box drawers instead.

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Here’s the super easy tutorial so you can build your own:

Materials:
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Instructions:

Begin by cutting the 1/2″ plywood into four pieces the size you want for your crate sides.

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Test fit the sides together. Add a line of glue to the ends of the plywood.

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Place the sides of the box in place.

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Secure all the sides with finish nails. Wipe off any glue that has oozed out.

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Set the box on top of the 1/4 plywood. Trace the edges and cut out the bottom.

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Flip the box upside down. Add wood glue along the bottom of the box edges. Set the 1/4″ piece of plywood in place.

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Secure the bottom with finish nails.

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Sand off any rough areas or splinters. Wipe off any sawdust with a damp rag. Stain the exterior of the box with stain cloths (or any dark stain you have on hand.)

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Paint the box. I used Farmhouse paint in Turquoise and Coastal Palm.

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Sand the box to give an aged and distressed look. (View more tutorials for aging and distressing here.)

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Time to dress up the crates! Add leftover pieces of moulding or picket fence. Run a bead of glue on the box.

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Then, secure the wood pieces with finish nails.

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Because the top picket fence piece acts as a handle on my box, I added strength by pre-drilling a hole and then securing it from inside with a few wood screws.

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Feel free to add some salvage strap hinges for more visual interest. I particularly love the graphic look of these!

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Disguise the wood screw by coloring it with a sharpie marker.

How to Build Custom Rustic Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Custom wooden boxes can be used on shelves to keep magazines and other things out of sight.

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Or you can use them like I did, by sliding them into a cabinet.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. To read more antiquing and distressing tutorials, see my Aging Techniques Gallery.

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To read more custom woodworking projects, check out my Built It Gallery.

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See you in a few!

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