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Building a Berry Box

Berries are difficult to transport when picking.  If you use a big bowl to put them in, the ones on the bottom become a pulpy mess by the time you finish.  If you use the little pint boxes, you end up running back and forth to the house for more boxes.  This berry box is a solution to both those problems.  It is easily built and holds six quart sized containers for your berries.

Cut list:

2 sides 3/4 X 3 X 18

2 ends 3/4 X 3 X 12

1 center divider 3/4 X 5 1/2 X 16 1/2

10 bottom slates 1/4 X 1 5/8 X 13 1/2

A 5/8 X 6 X  8’ cedar fence plank will work well for this project with a few adjustments to the cut list.  If using a cedar plank, the center divider needs to be 5/8 X 6 X 16 3/4  inches.  Also, if you are unable to find wood the size of the slates, you can get 1 inch batten and use it instead.  You will need two 1”  by 8’ pieces and will need to cut 12 slates instead of just 10.

1) Cut the sides, ends, and center divider to length.

2) use wood screws to connect the ends and sides.  The ends butt up to the inside of the sides.

3) to drill the holes needed in the center divider takes several steps.  First, find the center of the board along the long axis.  Then make two lines 7/16” to the left and right of the center.  Then measure down 1 3/4 “ from the top edge and draw a line connecting the two lines you just drew.  That done, measure 1 1/4’ to the right and left of the center line.  Draw lines at these points.  Draw a line through these lines 1 1/2” down from the top edge.

Now drill 1” circles at the four places where your lines cross with a 1” Forstner bit.

4) find the center of each of the end boards and mark with a line from top to bottom of the board.  Center the divider board inside the box at these lines and fasten it with two wood screws.

5)Turn the box over and nail one slat at each end of the box.  Then space the slats about 3/16” apart and continue nailing them on the bottom.

6) Sand well and use as is or paint it before use.


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