Fence Picket Storage Boxes

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Project by cassiet717 posted 08-12-2013 04:42 PM 4571 views 11 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these boxes for my sister-in-law when she and my brother bought their first house. They’re simple, rustic, functional, and pretty cool!
I followed Ana White’s plans for her Herb Garden Planter for the small boxes, using 5 1/2”x 6’ cedar fence pickets and old reins I found at a flea market as handles. I modified the plan for the larger box, doubling the bottom and sides, and cutting two of the 5 1/2” pickets at 11” for the ends. I joined the bottom boards to the sides using my Kreg Jig, and joined the sides with glue and finish nails.

-- CassieT

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#1 posted 08-12-2013 04:48 PM

I have some old rough sawn pallet board that would work perfectly for this. I am sensing a surprise gift for my wife coming on… TY for sharing!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#2 posted 08-12-2013 05:49 PM

Pallet wood would be perfect for this! And you can get so creative with the handles too. I have old bent wrenches and antique hinge pieces that I’m planning to use next time.

-- CassieT

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#3 posted 08-12-2013 09:33 PM

Nice repurpose project and gift .
Like your thinking .

-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 08-12-2013 10:04 PM

Nice job. I have added your project to my favorites. I have pallets I can pick up just about any time that should work just about right.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 08-15-2013 01:55 PM

You make lovely storage boxes, very useful build. Like the rustic look and the use of pallets.

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#6 posted 01-06-2016 05:43 PM

I make similar ones!

I like them and everyone else seems too also!


The “old wrenches” can make fantastic shop cabinet handles! I have some (not-antique) old wrenches made as my shop cabinet handles. My few antique tools are not going to be handled that way!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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