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I can't believe I forgot to show our Potato Bin!

Salvaged from my Great-Grandfather's barn were several barn boards. For me, they are a treasure and the projects we build with them shall be treasured forever. The first item made was the candleholders (one for myself and one for my brother).

The second project, this potato bin, was created for utilitarian purposes only-I needed a place to store my potatoes for the winter. And so the search began for a design that I liked. Several photos later, this style was selected and the building began.

As I've mentioned before, Rick and I don't do so well with the "follow the plans" method and so with the vision, we started building. The bottom has a slanted shelf in it, to move the bottom potatoes to the front and the back is made of plywood with slots cut in it (with the table saw) to allow for air circulation. Under the bottom edge there are casters to facilitate moving the box if needed.

The bottom door needs a latch but I rather like it without any added accessories and so, at this point, it stays as is. I thought about just making it a "fake" door and nailing it shut but my daughter loves the "secret door" effect and so it has stayed as built.

Our goal is to create a sister bin, in which to hold a bushel of apples. But that is on hold for now. Some day it will become one of our treasures as well.

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Hi Debbie;
--yes, all you have to do is show me some old barn boards that have been used for projects of wood and I will have to say, WELL DONE!!!

Great work, does the treasure of old barn boards make the potatoes taste any more golden?

GODSPEED,
Frank
 

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lol never thought of that - but I do look forward to going to GET the potatoes. Can't say I've ever thought that before.
 

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Debbie, I like the antique black hardware you chose for your hinges. It compliments the gray wood of the old barn boards.
 

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Glad you got to build a box…any box.
I like old barn wood.
 

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Nice Ms. D. you, as most women do, have a natural instinct for design, color and contrast. Very nice. mike
 

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Hi, Debbie, your Tater Box reminded me of the work of a chap located in Western Australia; I only now him as Garry. He make boxes out of old seeders. He usually removes the old wood, cleans up the cast iron ends, repaints them, and makes customized wood panels to replace the old. I was thinking that in the market farming area around T.O. these seeders are probably readily available. You could do some fantastic boxes with these, and my guess is that rustic barn boards would work just great. The pictures below are linked directly to the site where these are posted. If you want more details, I could probably put you in touch with Garry.



 

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Dennis, Dennis, Dennis-you are my saviour!! All this time, I didn't know I'd made a box. In my head it was a "bin".. lol that is too funny. My life is now complete!

Oscorner/Mike: thank you for your kind words. Yes, I didn't know much about the "how" but I did know what hinges I want. :)

The seeder looks very interesting, Don. "T.O.", are you referring to Toronto and the Holland Marsh? This is intriguing.. I'd love more information.
 

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Debbie, I'll see what I can do.
 

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Well , see pushing the broom paid off, look at you've learned! Nice job.
 

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yes indeed Marty, I'm a really good broom pusher. And we made a nice box! :)
thanks for the kind words
 
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