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Topic: I'm making a table out of plastic milk crates
Message: Posted by: MarkFinn (Mar 10, 2012 11:48PM)
Hi folks,

I'm doing a little DIY project that I want to run by you. I've got some old plastic milk crates (the square cubes, not the cheap, slightly rectangular ones you find at all of the big box stores) that stack well, are very sturdy, and make a compact pillar roughly 39" high when stacked up 1-2-3.

My plan is to paint these crates (they are currently a dingy brown). On top of the third crate, I'm going to affix some quarter inch chip board with nuts and bolts. The board will then be covered with a pad and decorative cloth, and that will be stapled in place, set onto the crate, and tightened and glued in place from within. Some nice, simple veneer will frame the padded surface and still allow the crates to be stacked.

This would appear to be a very simple project. I'll keep you appraised of its progress, and post pictures when I can.

If I can pull this off, phase two will be a faux fruit crate, turned upside down on the boxes, with a close-up pad on the bottom for a slightly larger playing surface. A servante or some pockets can hang off of the back with little difficulty.

But let's walk before running. Wish me luck. It's raining now. Tomorrow, weather willing, I'll paint.

Mark Finn
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Mar 11, 2012 12:12AM)
On 2012-03-11 00:48, MarkFinn wrote:
Wish me luck.

Good luck! :)
Message: Posted by: jsilk7 (Mar 20, 2012 11:18AM)
Yea good luck!
Message: Posted by: majik_1 (Mar 20, 2012 02:31PM)
Send some photos if you can.
here's some more good luck!
Message: Posted by: MarkFinn (Mar 20, 2012 03:51PM)
Update: It's almost done. Here's a few set-up pics to show the process. I'll add to it when the top is complete.
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Mar 20, 2012 11:17PM)
Will the crates be stacked on their sides so you can use the crate opening as a shelf in which to store stuff? If so, keep in mind the black art principle that could be used to your advantage for concealment.
Message: Posted by: MarkFinn (Mar 21, 2012 01:52PM)
Update: the table top is finished!

In answer to Spellbinder, the crates are stacked upside down, for stability. I like the idea, though. I figured if I needed a shelf in the back, I'd just cut a hole in the side of the crate. See photos. Otherwise, A cloth servante will do nicely.

I'm pleased with the results. There's still some painting to do on the crates, but I like that carnival/flim-flam man feel.

Next up is a custom fruit crate. We'll see if I can't add some trickery to it.

Mark Finn