Looking for something fun to do?  Here is a list of the great DIY projects we have posted, complete with step-by-step instructions.

 

DIY Rolling Storage Crates

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 Remember last winter when I shared the tutorial for the industrial shelf we made? If you recall, at the end of that post, I mentioned that I had a plan to build some custom rolling storage crates. Well, it’s been almost a year now, so it’s about time that I finally got around to building them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

I think that is one of the hardest things about being a creative, DIY type personality, I constantly have a ton of ideas running around in my head. It can be really difficult to prioritize those ideas and sometimes that means I don’t get around to the good ones for waaaaaayyyyy too long.

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

Anyhow, I absolutely love the way they turned out! They provide so much extra storage which is one of my very favorite things!

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Obviously the first step was to figure out how big they needed to be. I took the measurement and then laid out enough pieces to be slightly taller than I wanted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

I ran the bottom pieces through the table saw to remove the groove from the bottom of each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

Then I measured the proper height,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

made a mark,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

and ran the top pieces through to remove the “tongue” and achieve the correct overall height.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

The next step is to get the proper length for each piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

I started by cutting one side of each piece to a 45 degree angle with the chop saw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

Then I measured and marked the desired length,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

and cut the other end at the opposite 45 degree angle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

Once all of the pieces were cut to the right size, it was time to sand down the paint. Everything in our house has a more aged and/or rustic feel, so clean painted white bins wouldn’t really fit in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

Then it was time to start building! Beginning with the tops (they were built upside-down), I laid out the first row of pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It was important to get the corners right on this first row, because it was used to lay out everything else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

Once the angles were right; the corners were nailed in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

Then braces were nailed to the table, inside the frame, to keep it locked in place. (When the first bin was completed, those braces then served as the framework to build each additional bin.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

A layer of wood glue was applied into the groove,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

then the second layer was added, and corners once again nailed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The process continued,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

ending with the 6th and final row.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

With all the walls built, it was time to make a bottom. So back to the table saw to cut some old shelving to the right dimensions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then that was glued in place as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

We wanted these bins to function a bit like drawers, so we added wheels to the bottom. Side note: I picked up swivel casters, thinking I wanted the extra maneuverability, and have regretted it ever since. As I said, we wanted these to function like drawers and fixed wheels would have been much better. I should really quit complaining and change them.  :-)

 

 

 

 

 

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The most time consuming, patience testing step, was clamping it all down tight and then waiting, about 24 hours, for the glue to dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

The only thing left to do was to attach the drawer pull. You’re going to love the ridiculously easy way I got around measuring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

By adding a little dab of toothpaste to each screwhole,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

and then pressing the pull where I wanted it,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.com

 

 

 

the toothpaste was perfectly transferred to show me exactly where to drill my holes.

If you are especially particular, you may want to still measure it out the old fashioned way, but eyeballing it was definitely good enough for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.comSo like I said, I couldn’t be happier with how these turned out.

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.comI love the style and look of them.

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.comPatrick says they remind him of old bee boxes, which works for me. :-)

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.comOur house was built in 1940, at a time when there wasn’t nearly so much focus on building in closet or storage space.

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.comWe are always trying to come up with ways to increase the storage in our little home,

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.comand these crates have really made a big difference.

Build your own custom rolling storage crates. The Refurbished Home.comOne of them even has a special secret hiding inside, but that’s a story for next week…

DIY Rolling Storage Crates

For more great DIY projects:

Boob Light Makeover

Wine Bottle Fence

Pallet wood love sign

 

 

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