I didn’t know what to call this – it’s cedar, it’s a box – but it can be used for a TON of different things.
Let me show you how this started:
I was enjoying my morning chai in the garage, admiring the bench I built (post coming soon) and I was thumbing through magazine pages for inspiration on what to do next.
(I rip the pages out of magazines and save them all in a binder for easy reference). I came across the above photo for a “Succulent trough” for $74 US!
It’s cute, and the succulents cost a bit – I’ve found them for $2.99 at our local greenhouse – but there is no way that this should be $74!
Time to surf my best friend Ana’s site. (she doesn’t know we’re best friends, I just keep creeping her blog).
Yup, plans for what is essentially the same cedar caddy – made from one piece of fencing.
Off to Home Depot for a 1″ x 6″ x 6″ cedar board at 6 feet long. (2.5cm x 15.2cm x 15.2cm by 1.83m) – mine rang in at $4.82 Cdn
- Cut 2 pieces at 20″ (50.8cm) long
- Cut 1 piece at 19″ (48.3cm) long
- Cut 2 pieces at 5.5″ (14cm) long
Ana’s tutorial has her using galvanized nails on her cedar caddy – I felt better using 1 ½” wood screws just for strength.
Pre-drill pilot holes in your cedar so that you don’t get any split wood, then attach the two small end boards to the bottom (19″) piece.
Attach the sides (again, pre-drill pilot holes) and you’re done!
Did your DIY cedar caddy take you more than 5 minutes?
Once you had the supplies I mean?
If you don’t have, or don’t like using, a saw – most home improvement stores will make the cuts for you for about $1 each cut.
I wanted to take my cedar caddy a bit further and add handles to the sides. I picked up these rustic looking leaf handles for about $6 each.
For ease of placement, I marked a line 3.5″ up the small ends of the box, then coloured around the screw holes with a sharpie marker.
Then just press your handles into place along the line.
Perfectly aligned drill holes! Drill your holes through the sides then sand the entire box down to remove any markings.
In the below photo you’ll see wood filler to cover the screw holes. If you are planning on staining your box, then I’d bypass this step or buy a stainable wood filler; the one I used wasn’t appropriate for stain and you can see it in the finished tray / caddy.
I always use a pre-stain wood conditioner before I put stain on. You don’t have to, but it helps the stain to absorb evenly, so you don’t have patches everywhere. If you are painting your cedar caddy, or even leaving it natural (it is cedar after all), don’t worry about this step.
One coat of stain, and 8 hours to dry and I’m ready for varnish!
What do you think?
I made sure my farmhouse cedar caddy would fit 5 mason jars so I could fill them with knives, forks, spoons, napkins etc for a backyard pot-luck and in the winter…
I’ll fill it with some fake hydrangeas. (or wilting peonies as the case may be)
Plus I just love boxes and trays. This could be a coffee station, a remote control box, a toiletry box for next to the tub, Ana uses hers as a window sill herb box – the options are endless.
Next trip to the lumber store – I’m picking up 4 more boards…. this would also make a great hostess or Teacher gift!
Have a great one!