Crate Assembly jig

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 11-04-2012 12:33 AM 9480 views 25 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have some boards reclaimed from pallets that I wanted to make some crates out of. The wood varies from oak, to poplar to pine. The first one I built, my wife helped hold the pieces while I glued and stapled them together. Last night I decided I wanted to build a jig…literally a third hand. This is the result.

The “T” track holds two pieces of wood that are adjustable. All they do is cinch up against the two end pieces of the crate. I build them upside down so I can attach the sides and bottom boards in one operation. Since this is a prototype ( :-) ), I built it with what I found in the scrap pile including the 3/4 plywood with one dado already cut.

Later on I might rebuild it with a larger plywood base, and the two tracks closer together. To add some stability, I plan to add a lip to catch the edge of the work bench and a dog that will fit in one of the holes on the bench. I want the jig to be versatile so I can make crates of different sizes. It has worked Ok for the first three but a little refinement will make it a lot easier to adjust for smaller crates. About 15 1/2” is the longest I can make now and that is OK.

It actually worked just as I had thunk it would! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 11-04-2012 05:19 AM

Right on. American ingenuity at work. Lets have more productivity through smart thinking, and jigs like this that really work.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 11-04-2012 05:28 AM

Thanks. I made five crates this evening…all different sizes.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 11-04-2012 02:44 PM

That is a great Jig

It can have many uses.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 11-04-2012 04:19 PM

The saga of the great crate … If you can make 5 crates in one night, what do you do with 20+ crates a week??
Is there a market for them??
It is a great jig, and I have a simular one I use for pannel door assembly. And I find many other uses for it.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 11-04-2012 11:25 PM

I could see those in demand at a local farmers market.


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#6 posted 11-05-2012 02:37 AM

Thanks Steve. All five have been spoken for. I had made a pair for DVD storage. Guess I will make several more. I won’t get rich doing this but at least I am using up the pallet boards.

Note: I sold them thru Facebook…my friends, wife’s friends, and my daughters huge friend list. The lady that is buying the three crates is going to use them as props in her photography business.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 11-05-2012 06:21 PM

This is a great idea, work smarter not harder.

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#8 posted 11-05-2012 06:26 PM

“I could see those in demand at a local farmers market.”

Thanks Steve. Maybe I should make a couple that are larger and deeper for veggies or fruits.


-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 05-12-2013 09:57 AM

This what i was looking to do with my pallet wood. Wanting to make some crates to use in collecting garden veggies and such.I think about 12-14” wide & 18-20”x 12-14 deep will be a good size.Have separated some boards and looking to use the thinner ones so the weight will be at a min. Like your pics good work.Thanks for sharing.

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