About this project
Most fruits and vegetables need air circulation as they ripen. A wooden bin that allows air flow, and keeps your food up off of the counter or shelf makes an ideal storage container.
I had a habit of putting the plastic bags of produce in one corner of the kitchen counter. Aside from trapping the off-gassing, the plastic bags also made it difficult to see what was there. I built a small double basket using some scrap wood, and decided it was appealing enough to make an offering of it.
My goal is to raise enough funds to purchase several better quality power tools, so that I can continue with various experimental furniture designs.
Both bins are made of Pine or Spruce (the standard "whitewood" from local home center), and are unfinished.
In addition to produce storage, they are also very useful in closets, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
All sponsor levels include the cost of shipping within the US (the plans will be emailed). For those outside the US, I recommend the plans. The plans are simple enough that if you don't have the tools, you should be able to find a woodworker in your area that can build it cost effectively.
DIY plans - $4 sponsor
The plans will include 6 different variations. In addition to the 2 main designs on this project, you will also receive plans for similar projects using stock lumber sizes, so no ripping of lumber is necessary. Another plan will detail a 4 bin unit, and a final one will be intended for hardwood that can be purchased in small trim sizes.
Each plan will include a SketchUp file in addition to the PDF diagrams. The SketchUp program is a simple 3D rendering program that has a limited free version available, so you can open the files and rotate around the objects, pull them apart, and make your own modifications.
2 Tier DIY kit - $27 sponsor
The 2 tier DIY kit includes all of the wood pieces needed to build the 2 tier unit, cut to size. You will need clamps, glue, and preferably a brad nailer that can handle 5/8" brads. Alternatively, if you don't have a brad nailer you could use screws on a couple of the critical pieces, and just glue on the rest.
The kit also includes a simple jig to help with assembly. The jig makes it much easier to get everything assembled square.
3 Tier DIY kit - $35 sponsor
This kit is similar to the 2 tier kit, but with longer legs and the extra pieces for 3 tiers. It also ships unfinished, requires glue, clamps and a brad nailer, and instructions will be emailed.
This kit also includes the assembly jig. The jig makes it much easier to get everything assembled square, as well as mark the legs at the proper points.
2 Tier Bin - $56 sponsor
The 2 tier bin is 13.25" tall. It is identical to the lower 2 shelves of the triple bin. It ships fully assembled.
Sponsor price includes shipping in the US.
3 Tier Bin - $68 sponsor
The 3 tier bin measures 21" tall, 12.75" wide, and 11.25" deep. It ships fully assembled.
As above, sponsor price includes shipping within the US.
Risks and challenges
Since I plan on building them myself, the primary challenge will production capability. If the number of sponsors grows high, there is a potential for delays in delivery.
Wood has some natural imperfections and knots, as visible in the photos. Every unit will be unique in its pattern.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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