How Wooden Crates Are Made

The first step is deciding what kind of wood you want to make your crates out of. Cedar and pine are popular choices, with pine probably being a bit easier to work with. To make one crate you will first need:

• (12) 1×4 boards that are three feet long
• (12) 1×4 boards that are two feet long

These boards will be the ends and sides of your crate. Next, you will need:

• (4) 2×4 boards that are two feet long.

These will be the corner braces of the crate.

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Getting Started

Put a couple of the 2×4's down on a flat surface. Next put (6) of the three foot 1×4's on the 2×4's. Make sure you have the ends flush with the outer edges of the 2×4's.
Now you will screw the 1×4's and the 2×4's together. I recommend using 1 1/2 inch wood screws for this. Repeat the above steps on the other side of the crate.

Connecting the Sides

Now it's time to connect the two sides. Do this by screwing the two foot long 1×4's to the edges of the 2×4's.

To complete the bottom you will need (6) three foot long 1×4's and (4) two foot long 1×4's. Place the three foot long boards on the open section of the crate, and make sure the edges of each board are flush with the outside.