DIY Produce Storage Bin Tutorial with Plans

DIY Produce Storage Bin Tutorial with Plans

DIY Produce Storage Bin Tutorial with Plans

Hey guys, this is Susan from Mellowpine. Many followers of mellowpine requested me to make small projects useful for the home using minimal tools. So here I am back with a series of projects which can be completed under two hours. I'm serious here, I timed everything and completed it in that time. Once you go through the project, you'll see how easy it is too.

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Things You Need for this Build

Materials

  • Nominal size- 1 in. x 12 in. x 4 ft. Pine Common Board - 2 Nos. (Actual size ¾ in. x 11-¼ in. x 48 in.). This is the only lumber required for this project.
  • Wood Glue
  • Gel Stain

Tools

Plan for the Produce Storage Bin

Perspective View Plan- Produce Bin
Perspective View Plan- Produce Bin
Top View Plan- Produce Bin
Top View Plan- Produce Bin
Side View Plan- Produce Bin
Side View Plan- Produce Bin
Bottom View Plan- Produce Bin
Bottom View Plan- Produce Bin

How to build the Produce Storage Bin

Note: Actual dimensions of lumber is used for the entire build. Not the nominal dimensions. This entire build is done using ¾" thick lumber.

Step 1: First step we cut the two pieces for the sides and one side for the separator at ¾" x 8" x 6" size from the ¾" x 11-¼" x 48" lumber using the circular saw and the Kreg accu-cut guide. (We'll be cutting the corner of these pieces in another step to bring it to the shape in the plan below).

The separator piece has the same dimensions as the side piece, except it doesn't have a slot like the side piece.

Side Piece Plan
Side Piece Plan
Cutting the lumber for the side piece
Cutting the lumber for the side piece

Step 2: Then we made the bottom piece, back piece and the front piece (except the bevel) for the bin as per the plan from the ¾" x 11-¼" x 48" lumber. We can use the scrap piece left from making the bottom piece for making the front piece, as it's only 2.8 inches in width.

Bottom piece Plan
Bottom piece Plan
Making the base piece
Making the bottom piece
Back piece Plan
Back piece Plan
front piece plan
front piece plan with the bevel

Step 3: Next we cut off the corner as per the plan for the sides and the separator of the produce bin. First we drew a line as per the dimensions and chopped it off using the miter saw.

Side View Plan- Produce Bin
Side View Plan- Produce Bin
Cutting the corner of the side piece of the produce bin
Cutting the corner of the side piece
Side Piece Plan
Side Piece Plan
separator piece plan
separator piece plan

Step 5: We need a bevel for the top edge of the front piece. We used the circular saw with the blade angle tilted to make the bevel. We used the widths for both sides of the bevel (2.8" and 2") to draw a line and set the blade angle along this line for making the bevel cut.

front piece plan
front piece plan
Making the bevel edge on the front piece
Making the bevel edge on the front piece. Note the marked line for the bevel angle.

Step 6: Then marked the slots for the handles as per the plan using a round washer piece we had. Then we had to cut out the slots for the handle. We used a drill to make holes for inserting the jig saw blade. Then we cut the slot out using the jig saw.

Side Piece Plan
Side Piece Plan
Cutting the slot out using a jigsaw
Cutting the slot out using a jigsaw
Handle slot done in the side piece
Handle slot completed in the side piece

Step 7: We then sanded everything down up to 220 grit (progressively from 120 grit).

Sanding the pieces for the produce storage bin
Sanding the pieces of the bin

Step 8: We then made pilot holes for screws in each piece as per the plan. We used 1-¼" sized screws for this project. Then used the countersinking bit to countersink all the screw locations.

Countersinking the drill holes
Countersinking the drill holes
All the pieces for the produce bin after countersinking
All the pieces for the produce bin after countersinking
side-piece screw locations
side-piece screw locations
back-piece screw locations
back-piece screw locations
bottom-piece screw locations
bottom-piece screw locations

We then used a combination of screws and wood glue to join the pieces together using the impact driver.

Fixing the side pieces using screw
Fixing the side pieces using screw
applying glue for fixing the back piece of the bin
applying glue for fixing the back piece of the bin
Fixing the back piece to the produce bin
Fixing the back piece to the produce bin

Step 9: After this we applied cherry stain over the entire piece to finish it.

Applying cherry finish to the produce bin
Applying cherry finish to the produce bin
After applying cherry finish to the produce bin
After applying cherry finish to the produce bin
After applying cherry finish to the produce bin
After applying cherry finish to the produce bin

Then made a wooden furniture pad/protector for the bin using small pieces of pine measuring 3/4" x 3/4" size and 3/4" screws.

Fixing furniture pad
Fixing furniture pad

Don’t forget to stain the furniture pad as well.

Furniture Pad
Furniture Pad for the bin

Step 10: Then we wanted to have the option of labelling each rack in the bin. So we used chalkboard paint to do this. We made a freehand pattern for the chalkboard area. We fixed painters tape on the entire front piece and used the template we made to cut out tape from the area we wanted to apply chalkboard paint on.

Tracing the pattern for painting with chalkboard paint
Tracing the pattern for painting with chalkboard paint
Cutting the label patterna
Cutting the label patterna
After spray painting chalkboard paint
After spray painting chalkboard paint

So that was it. We made this DIY produce bin in under 2 hours and totally enjoyed making something so nice and practical.

DIY Produce Storage Bin
DIY Produce Storage Bin

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About V Susan

Hi! I'm Susan. I am passionate about DIY projects and dark chocolates! Welcome to MellowPine. We play around with basic woodworking projects, home improvement ideas, and decor for you to try out.

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