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Old 07-17-2010, 04:45 AM
 
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I finally did it. I made the crate stool that has been on PT. For those interested in making their own I thought I would share the hints I picked up from making my first one. I went to Lowes and had the wood cut 13 1/2 inches by 16 1/2 inches. This fits the top of my crate with a few cm hanging over. I thought this might make it slightly stronger for sitting. I don't own a sander and I am too lazy to hand sand the boards because I wanted to make several. I instead took colored "duct tape" and wrapped it around the board. I happened to use black tape because my theme is black and white with polka dots for this year. This works great and is much easier that sanding. It also helped my board blend in with the color of the crate. I then sewed the cushion.

Now I am off to Wal-Mart to get more supplies. (I wanted to make sure I could do it before I invested in all of the fabric.)


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Looks great!
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This is a project I'm going to take on one day for sure. One question though: Your board is bigger than the top of the crate, right? Is there any problem with it staying on? I assumed there was a lip on the inside of the crates that the top would sit in, so I would make the board to fit in.
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terrific!
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I saw someone else the other day and am sooooo tempted to try this myself, but have all sorts of excuses why I might not (not crafty, don't own a staple gun, etc.)

Maybe I'll get brave and try one, but then I'd have to have Lowes just cut one square of plywood and that hardly seems worth it. See, there I go with excuses again!

Nice job on your seat!
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Cute, looks great!
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That is so cute!! I made something similar this year. I turned a 5 gallon bucket upside down and cut wood circles to go on bottom for the seats. Wal-Mart had pretty blue and green ones...and the wood is painted black.


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There is a lip inside that the wood could sit on if you wanted it too; however, I am going to place hanging files in several of mine and I needed the lip for the files to hang. I have not had a problem with the lid slipping around yet, but I have not used it in the classroom either.
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idea to prevent slipping
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A great idea for preventing slippage if you put board on top of crate and not in lip: use non-slip rug (you know that stuff you buy to put under your slippery carpet), or use a glue gun to make a lip on the board (kinda like rubber dots on the bottom of socks). You could also probably use caulk or rubber cement type of glue.
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Thanks AMDucky for the idea. I will have to try that if I find out that slipping is going to be a problem.
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It looks realy good. I think I am going to try and make them for my class.
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