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 wooden crates. Next, you will need:
• (4) 2×4 boards that are two feet long.
These will be the corner braces of the crate.
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 longboards on the open section of the crate, and make sure the edges of each board are flush with the outside.