Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Caribbean Charm

     I am in love with crates. Plain and simple. It might very well be considered an addiction.
One of the problems I have had in the past is sourcing these little beauties for reclamation.
Most of the crates that find locally are pretty flimsy. They are great for planters or light duty shelving projects but not great for furniture.

     Not long ago I decided to build my own crates so that I can use them to build cool industrial chic furniture.
To date my favorite piece is this Caribbean Blue end table I like to call the "Beach Comber"

     Most of the crate and pallet based furniture that you see on the internet really looks like shipping materials  With this table I wanted to add something to the mix that I hadn't seen.

     I have the privilege of owning a decent band saw, so I designed my own table legs. To do this I drew the profile on a sheet of 8.5 x 11 card stock, cut it out and traced it onto four pieces of scrap  2x4 lumber. I cut them out on the band saw and then used two four inch wood screws to attach them to the bottom of the crate.

     This little gem took about three hours total and will easily bring $75 to $100 depending on the size.

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