Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Channelview, Tx
Crate Assembly jig
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.
After these pics were taken, I made two more designed to store DVD's so they were narrow and about the same length (15 1/2"). Today I am ripping and planing more of the lumber so I can make a few more crates when the weather turns bad and I am hemmed up in my garage. :-)
Hope you like it.