Rustic bedside table project
an old apple crate is upturned to become a practical wooden bedside table in an easy to follow project
A wooden apple crate can be transformed into a piece of rustic furniture in a simple but satisfying project. Turned on its end, the empty container becomes a useful bedroom storage unit. There is room inside to add a shelf using small sections of weathered planks on baton-shaped supports, making it ideal for holding books. A bedside lamp and a selection of decorative items can be displayed on the top of the chest, which also provides a useful place to keep reading spectacles or a glass of water to hand. The surface can be left in its natural state or given a more polished appearance by sanding it down and applying Danish oil. This is a specific wood finishing oil which nourishes and protects, leaving a low sheen, hard-wearing finish. Any gaps in the crate can also be filled in with smaller strips of wood if a more even surface is preferred. Care should always be taken when using a hammer and nails.
1 1. The crate is dusted down and any rough or splintered areas lightly sanded, taking care to retain the natural aged patina of the wood.
2 2. The depth inside the crate is measured. Two batons of wood are marked with pencil and cut to length.