This Week In the Shop: Storage Crate

This Week in the Shop we make a storage crate suitable to store a large pinewood derby track. This crate is simple to build and made out of very cheap materials. As built, this crate costs roughly $75 per crate in plywood and hardware supplies.

This project can be attempted by the beginner, but also offers rewards for the intermediate and experienced craftsperson. This crate modifies easily for a variety of purposes, such as anything that needs serious customizable storage like as oddly-shaped tools, artwork, sports equipment, camping equipment, etc. For example this crate would store a kayak or canoe for long-term storage and transport easily.

Storage Box

You can find plans at They also sell the a fantastic aluminum Derby track and gate kit which makes the Pinewood Derby a breeze to set-up, execute and take down.


The Storage Crate


Per crate:

  • 2 full sheets of plywood, 8 foot x 4 foot by ½ in
  • 1 section of 2x2x8’, construction grade pine
  • 1 section of 1x4x8, common white pine
  • #10-½” screws or construction screws or machine bolts, washers and nuts.
  • 4 utility handles 5 ½” or 6” wide


  • Impact drill and drill driver with bits
  • Clamps
  • Circular saw and guide
  • Tape Measure
  • Combination Square

Milling and Dimensioning:

  1. Use a circular and saw and guide cut down plywood to size following best cut list. If you do not have a circular saw or the proper space, most home centers will cut plywood to size free of charge.Storage Crate_1.3.1
  2. Cut the corner bracing to size at the miter saw.Storage Crate_1.5.1
  3. Trim the 1×4 to 86” length at the miter saw.
  4. Trim your hardwood floor straps to length at the miter saw.


  1. Fasten the short ends to the corner bracing using construction screws and impact drill with appropriate bit. Use a drill with a small drill bit to create a pilot hole in minimize any splitting.Storage Crate_1.7.1
  2. Clamp the corner braces onto the long sides and fasten with construction screws.Storage Crate_1.9.1
  3. Clamp the support rail to the side and fasten with screws.Storage Crate_1.11.1
  4. Position the bottom onto the assembly and secure with construction screws.Storage Crate_1.13.1
  5. Attach your floor straps with construction screws.Storage Crate_1.14.1
  6. Flip the assembly onto its side. Mark the location of the hinges, 30” from each side.
  7. Using a scrap piece of plywood as a spacer, position to hinge for installation. Use construction screws or machine bolts to install the hinge in the correct placement.
  8. Flip the assembly on to its base, and position the top for installation. Install the hinges to the top with construction screws.
  9. Use a reciprocating saw and blade, angle grinder and cut off wheel, rotary tool or hacksaw to trim any protruding screws or bolts.Storage Crate_1.22.1
  10. Mark a centerline 6” from the top of the assembled storage crate on each end. Mark a cross line 4” in from either side to locate the hinges.
  11. Eyeball handle location and install with impact drive and construction screws. Trim bolts if necessary.Storage Crate_1.25.1
  12. Sand, paint and finish as necessary.

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