A few months ago I built a 16 sq foot elevated raised bed for my garden. I figured that I need a space for all those vegetables that I'll grow and I made a farm-style DIY wooden produce storage rack.
The inspiration for this stand was the one I saw at Home goods that cost $89. I figured that I could whip it up for so much cheaper and I was right.
The cost of materials is $10, which definitely beats $89. Leaving me with a spare $79 to spend on what I want 🙂
I wish I said it was an easy project but for some reason, it's been quite challenging. Everything went wrong from the beginning.
I forgot to use the glue, then everything fell apart. I spent 2 hours staining it.
In the end, it turned out great though! And I'm so happy with it!
But let's see how I made it and what went wrong.
- pocket hole screws
- Brad nails
- Wood Stain (optional)
- Wood glue
- Miter saw
- Kreg jig
- Nail gun (optional)
- 4 - 1x2 @ 28.5" ( height of the produce stand)
- 9 - 1x4 @ 15" (front and back)
- 12 - 1x4 @10" (sides)
- 6 - 1x4 @ 13" (bottom of each shelf)
Time: 4 hours
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1. Cut your wood according to the cut list. My stand is 28 ½" tall, 15" wide and 11" deep.
2. Make sides of the produce stand by attaching 1x4s to 1x2s. I used a brad nails gun but you can simply use a hammer.
Here's an important tip that I've learned by doing this part wrong: make sure to use glue with a brad nail gun. I just stapled it with brad nails and when I started assembling it further, it all fell apart. So I had to take the brad nails out and add glue. It wasn't fun and took a lot of time.
Use spacers to make an even space between planks.
3. Using Kreg jig make pocket holes and attach the bottom of the shelves to both sides.
4. When done with the bottom of each shelf, you can attach planks on the back. Once done with that, Attach 3 remaining planks to the front.
5. Sand thoroughly and smooth the edges and corners. You can use a hand router for it, but I just used a sander to archive the result.
6. Stain it to your liking. I used Dark Walnut stain. It came out a bit darker than I wanted, so I think that Early American stain could've been better. It took me ages for some reason to finish it. Probably because there so many small parts and you want to get all the parts.
Perhaps, staining your wood before building this DIY produce storage rack wouldn't be a bad idea. You'd save a lot of time.
Adding rustic signs to this storage rack
There are few ways to add cool signs to the wood. I think I used 3 different ways here.
The probably would look nicer if I used paint for it, but it was too much work and I already spent so much time on this stand that wanted to get over with it as soon as possible ;D I simply used a black sharpie, and to be honest, I love how it turned out and it was completely mess-free.
- I made the bottom sign "locally grown" with stencils and a sharpie. That's the easiest route. Just trace the stencil and get the sign. I got my stencils from Michaels and they did a very fine job.
- To make the sign in the middle ('Quality"), I used an image, taped to the produce stand, and traced the letters with a pencil, pressing hard on the paper. It left a mark on the wood and I painted it over with a sharpie.
UPDATED 07/07/2020: One of the members of our lovely DIY community suggested transferring signs to wood with carbon paper and I think it's a brilliant idea! Keep it in mind!
If you'd like to make the same one, you can download a printable of the hen and the "Premium Quality Guaranteed" sign here.
- To make the chicken on the top I used the same method - I pressed hard on the pen and traced the outline of the hen. I wanted to use stencils for the "Farmer's market" sign but didn't have the right size font. So I just wrote on it with a pencil, hence the chicken handwriting haha
I think it turned out divine. With the number of mistakes that I've made, this DIY wooden produce storage rack is so dear to my heart. I've learned a lot and planning to make something similar again in the future.
BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTO:
I was planning to add small casters to the produce storage rack but then realized that my kids would have too much fun driving it around and decided not to use it. But if you would like to have a mobile DIY produce storage, these casters would be perfect for it.
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