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A simple box for storing vegetables

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At the time of the autumn harvest, the question arises of how to preserve vegetables better and longer. The first condition is good ventilation, the second is easy access. It is important that the cost of storage did not leave a hole in the family budget. The solution of this problem with three conditions was found by the jack of all trades!

Step 1: preparation of materials and tools

Wooden pallets have long become the favorite material of many craftsmen: they are inexpensive and easily accessible. The main problem with their use is to get rid of unnecessary nails. This job can take a lot of time! However, it took the engineer.

Paraphrasing Archimedes' famous statement, “Give me a (fairly long) point of support, and I will turn the Earth over”, he confidently stated: “Give me garden pitchforks, and I will disassemble the pallet into its component parts!”

As the source material, 2 pallets were selected that were not treated with chemicals (after all, they will be used to store food).

Step 2: Disassembly

So, the disassembled pallet is a 1200 × 100 mm plank and 4 × 2 cm plank board. The latter were sawn along to get 2 × 2 parts. In addition, 14 slats with a length of 400 mm were sawn to a size of 62 mm in width. Later you will see how they were used in the design of the box.

Step 3: Assembling the sides of the cabinet.

To create 2 sidewalls of the cabinet, slats measuring 2 × 2 cm and 400 mm were used. Shorter boards were fixed with a gap of 62 mm. To ensure that the finished box remains stable, a transverse cross bar is installed on the reverse side.

Step 4: Frame installation.

According to the master's idea, it was decided to construct a 800 mm wide box. To do this, it was necessary to prepare wooden slats with a size of 4 x 800 mm x 50 mm and fasten them to the top and bottom of the frame.

(Please note that the upper rails are not installed on the front side, but exactly on top. This will provide free access to the vegetables on the upper pull-out shelf.)

Step 5: Retractable Shelves

For each retractable shelf, we used wood scraps left over from the sidewall construction (400 mm x 37 mm, on each side). Front and rear slats are also cut from pallet boards of 750 mm x 50 mm. The base of the box is assembled from 6 x 100 mm x 400 mm slats. All parts are fastened with nails and screws.

Step 6: Finished Product

Since the box is intended for storing potatoes, carrots and other vegetables, it was decided not to paint the tree. Although if desired, it is possible to cover the shelves and frame with a layer of eco-friendly wood stain. To make the shelves move easily and silently, their sides were rubbed with a regular candle. So, a practical and functional box for storing vegetables is ready! And almost free (except for 4 dozen nails and screws).

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