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    My Crate Tutorial (Please archive this thread)

    Well, after a long wait. I have finally got a crate tutorial for you.

    Items needed:
    White glue
    Xacto knife and hobby saw
    Metal Straight edge
    Popsicle sticks
    Tongue Depressors (TD)
    1 Box: 4" deep, 6,1/4" wide and 4,1/2" tall.

    First thing to do is make sure the box is squared. If not, you will end up with a crooked mess of a crate.

    Remove the top flaps of the box. Leave the bottom alone.
    Measure out 12 TD's to the length of your box. Mine turned out to be a touch longer than my TD's but it turnout perfectly. Glue them to the side of the box. Be sure that the box sits flush with your working surface. And glue the TD's flush with the work surface and the bottom of the box. Let the set and them repeat for the other side. Be sure to let the glue set before beginning the next step.
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    Pic of completed side.
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    Next, measure and cut 12 more TD to the size of the end of the crate. Be sure to measure flush with the TD's already attached to the box. Glue them in place and again, allow the glue to set.
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    The edgers of the crate should now look like this.
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    Now cut 8 TD's to the height of your crate as it is now. Glue them in place so that they are flush with the bottom of the crate. They should form a sharp corner. Hobby clamps will help in this step as the box you use may have bulging sides. The corner should look like this.
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    Now take 4 TD's and cut them in half length-wise. These will form the top and bottom frames of the crate sides and ends. Measure and cut to fit them in between the vertical ends. Cut one more TD the same way and measure it to fit as the cross brace. Cut 45 degree angles in the end so it fits into the corners. A regular popsicle stick can be used for the crate ends cross brace.
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    The Top: You have 2 options for this. It can be permanent or or removable.
    Permanent: Just flip the crate overand measure and cut your TD's the same as you would a side. Frame it the same way also.

    Removable: Measure out the top of the crate, front to back. Cut 2 TD's to that size. Measure the length of your crate. Set the 2 previously cut TD's at that distance. Take 6 TD's and glue them to the 2 ends.
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    Should look like this
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    Thank you very much for the great tutorial. You ended up with a fine looking box.

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    Now flip the it over and Frame it the same as you would a side. Your crate is almost done and should look like this.
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    The bottom should be accessable to a 1/6th forklift. So to do this, Measure the bottom of the crate, front to back. Cut 9 popsicle sticks to this length and glue 3 sets of 3 together. Then gluie them to the bottom. The 2 end ones should be about 1/2" away from the edge of the crate. The third just gets placed in the middle.
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    Voila! Your crate is ready to be decorated and weathered any way you see fit. I hope this tutorial was a use to someone.
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    Wow that is great. I didn't realize you had a cardboard box underneath! Thanks for the great tutorial. I've gotta try this.

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    thanks for the tutorial. I gotta give that a try!

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    Thanks for this great tutorial, Hollow! Gotta try this!

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    Hollowpoint, you are king of the tongue depressors and popsicle sticks...

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    8-O

    Dang....

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    Fantastic job there Bud, I am going to have to try that...!!

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    HP: That is a tremendous tutorial!! Excellent work, now I have, yet, another use for popsicle sticks, and even get to add TDs to the list. Thanks!!!
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    Best woodwork class ever.
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    Hollowpoint, Thank you. I know 1 person that will be of a great use to. You make it look so easy. Not to mention the fact, that it actually looks like a 1:1 crate. You are the crate man!!!!

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    Glad to be of service. I am here all week. And, please, tip your waitress.
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    Hey there admins, can we archive this thread? And the skid tutorial?
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    Consider the Crate thread archived

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    SO.....A big Thank you to HP for making this thread a while back, I am currently making a few of these, and thought others might want a reminder of them, so back from the Archive...Hollow Points AWESOME Crate Tutorial!!!
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