Starting the new year with a crate bench project. The JTS and I teamed up on this one meaning he was most of the team. I could have put the project together myself but you know how men are around power tools.
crate bench on wheels
The project idea came to me as I was putting away the Christmas items in the workshop. I’m trying to use things in my stash to make projects instead of buying more junk. That isn’t working out to well for me. The fun part of being a junker is finding and bringing home the good stuff. Anyway I spotted the three crates and went on the hunt for a table or bench top.
I found the perfect bench seat all ready to go. My brother-in-law who just retired from managing a flooring mill gave the hubby and I a box of these wood slabs a year or so ago. We made a few items out of the wood then put it away. The wood slabs were the perfect size for a bench seat. I found the casters in my junk stash too. More on those later and an observation. I had everything I needed for the job except a 10 ft. 2×4. The JTS went to Home Depot and picked one up for me.
First thing to do was lay the crates and bench seat out and plan how to best put everything together.
The JTS measured everything to make sure it was nice and straight.
Then he drilled starter holes in the crates and bench seat and screwed the pieces together.
The 2×4 is used to support the crates at the base of the bench. The bench is 5 ft. long and we cut the 2×4 to just the length of the bench.
We got smarter after the first few steps and set up the sawhorses for the last bit of work. The sawhorses were a Christmas present for hubby. We drilled holes and secured all of the crates to the 2×4’s.
Last bit of work is to attach the wheels or casters. I call them wheels. My favorite power tool is the drill…..a cordless drill.
The hubby and I both tried out our handy work. I don’t plan to paint the bench. I like the unfinished wood look. What about you guys?
We were both complimenting each other and patting ourselves on the back. We had no problems or issues putting it together. That isn’t always true. It is never true. When working with wood there’s always something that has to be reworked or rethunk. At least in my experience.
It wasn’t until I was looking at this picture of the JTS (aka Junktion Technical Specialist, aka hubby) that I realized we had no support for the middle of the bench….and it is long. See how it’s sagging a little in the middle.
We will be adding more wheels to the middle of the bench. That should do the trick. I don’t think I have anymore wheels in my stash so have to run to the store today.
We made a crate table for the kids a couple of years ago and it is just the cutest. You can see it here….Kid’s Crate Table / Workstation.
update 1/3/2018: Hubby added wheels to the center of the bench. All set now!
I really am going to share the Art Deco Chest redo/remakeover with you . I made a video of the process and have to get it finished up first. Stay tuned! Have a great day, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com