Rus­tic bed­side ta­ble project

an old ap­ple crate is up­turned to be­come a prac­ti­cal wooden bed­side ta­ble in an easy to fol­low project

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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.

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