See what I mean?! Cute and useful!
Now let me show you how easy it is to build!
How to build a spindle crate
All scrap and reclaimed wood for this crate. I used 1x4's, 1x8's (the boards with grooves, not sure what this wood was used for), a 1x12 (not pictured), and then some spindles from an old chair. I cut the spindles and the ends the same length, and then the long sides.
Now I needed a bottom piece. I found an old 1x12 board and it was the perfect size. I had cut the ends and spindles at 11 ½'' so I just needed to trim them down to 11 ¼'' so they would be the same width as the bottom board. Then I used a long side piece and the ends to mark how long to cut the bottom piece(left). On the right I am doing a dry fit to make sure everything matches up.
While doing my dry fit I realized that I wanted some sort of scallop on the long sides. I grabbed a 5 gallon paint stick and used it as a guide on the sides, it is 1 ½'' wide so that is where I started my semi circle that I traced with a bowl (bottom left). I ended up doing two scallops (bottom right).
Use a jigsaw for the detail cuts
With my design traced on I grabbed my Jig Saw to cut it out (top left). When I finished (top right) I didn't love it...so I drew a straight line to connect the bottom of the semi circles and cut off the excess (bottom left), I liked it much better. Once it was cut out I traced the shape onto the other side board (bottom right) and cut it out as well.