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How to Build a Wooden Crate for Shipping or Storage

John Malecki Shows You How to Build a Wooden Crate with a Highly-Scalable Design

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Sep 6, 2019

If you follow my blog, you know I’ve been working with Timberland Pro on a lot of my recent builds. As one of my favorite brands as a maker, Timberland Pro has really stepped up their game to make the best clothing, boots, and accessories for guys like me which makes me so excited to share their brand with all of you.

Timberland Pro is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and asked me to partner with them on their shipment of new merchandise to the maker world. This raised a serious challenge for me; how can I create 25 wooden boxes quickly and efficiently? 

I put myself to the test here in a showdown-style build with some unlikely characters as my guide as I show you all how to build a wooden crate for shipping or storage. This plan is easy to recreate and super scalable if you need to make more than one or two at a time. Check out the video now and let me know what you think!

This video is made in partnership with Timberland Pro. Affiliate links are posted on this page. For more information on my Affiliate disclosure, check out my Disclosure Page. 

Project Overview:

How to Build a Wooden Crate

  1. Cut Down Your Wood
  2. Nail-Up Boxes
  3. Assemble Box Frames
  4. Cut Metal Stencil & Finish

What You’ll Need to Build a Wooden Crate

Tools & Materials You’ll Want On-Hand

  • Plywood
  • White Pine
  • Nail Gun
  • Spray Paint
  • Deer Head Taxidermy (optional)
  • Retro Basketball Shorts (mandatory)

How to Build a Wooden Crate: The Step-by-Step

Cut Down Your Wood

I started my build with 4x8’ sheets of ¾ inch plywood. I cut these down to width with my table saw. Once long pieces were made, I used my cross-cut sled to cut them down to squares for the boxes.

Next, I cross-cut the white pine for the framing of the boxes. I made sure to alleviate pressure on the table saw blade with a wood backer. This also prevented kickback while cutting the wood for a safe project.

Nail-Up Boxes

Once the wood is cut, I nailed-up the boxes with my nail gun. I used 18-grade brad nails for this task so they would hold up while having a strong construction. 

Assemble Box Frames

Once the boxes themselves were made, I assembled the box framed with the pine I cut up.

Cut Metal Stencil & Finish

I had a metal stencil made on my CNC with a design supplied by Timberland Pro. This can also be done with a piece of cardboard or a thin piece of wood. I used black spray paint in the stencil to finish these off with an iconic logo.


And there you have it: a super-easy scalable design for wooden crates. If you liked this build, check out my other projects:

Download the Plan

Want to try this build out for yourself? Download the digital plan now for step-by-step instructions, measurements, and a detailed look at how to punch this project in the face.

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Sep 6, 2019
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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!